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DOZENS HURT IN WEST BANK GRENADE BLAST

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Dozens of Palestinians were wounded in clashes with troops and a grenade explosion Saturday in the West Bank town of Hebron, the army and Arab reporters said.

The army imposed a curfew on the center of town.On Saturday morning, a homemade grenade was hurled at an army post in the downtown vegetable market. The army said six Palestinians were wounded, while Arab reporters put the figure at eight, including one who was hospitalized in serious condition.

No soldiers were hurt in the grenade attack, said a military official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

About the same time as the explosion, dozens of Palestinian youths stoned Israeli soldiers nearby. Troops responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds.

Arab reporters said eight stone-throwers were wounded, including one who was in critical condition with a bullet in the chest. Fourteen others were treated for tear gas inhalation.

The army said six Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition. An additional 25 protesters were hurt by rubber bullets, treated at area hospitals and released, the army said.

The army said three Israeli soldiers were slightly hurt in the clash.