Palestinian firefighter and security forces stands outside at a money changer in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah after it was raided by Israeli forces early on April 14, 2016. AFP / ABBAS MOMANI
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Israeli forces raided a money changer in the Palestinian political capital Ramallah early Thursday, blowing up a safe and sparking a fire, which led to minor clashes, the army and witnesses said.Meanwhile, Israel approved plans for more than 200 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, adding to a sharp increase in settlement projects so far this year, according to Israeli campaigners.Following the explosion, there were minor clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians near Al-Manara Square in central Ramallah.Israeli forces last month raided the Ramallah offices of a Palestinian TV station, accusing it of incitement.The new units were also reported by Israeli newspapers.According to Peace Now and Israeli media, the new plans call for additional homes in a range of settlements.Around 2.8 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem in near-daily tension with more than 500,000 Israeli settlers.
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