Israeli raid in West Bank triggers clashes with Palestinians

Several dozen Palestinians injured in ensuing clashes
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First Published: Thu, Jan 03 2013. 07 47 PM IST
Israeli soldiers stand guard during a raid on the West Bank village of Urif, south of the northern city of Nablus in December 2012. The city is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under interim peace accords with Israel. Photo: AFP
Israeli soldiers stand guard during a raid on the West Bank village of Urif, south of the northern city of Nablus in December 2012. The city is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under interim peace accords with Israel. Photo: AFP
Updated: Thu, Jan 03 2013. 08 49 PM IST
Jerusalem: Israeli forces raided the West Bank city of Jenin in search of a suspected Palestinian militant on Thursday, setting off clashes with residents who threw rocks and petrol bombs at them, an Israeli security source said.
It was the second time this week that Israeli forces had entered the Jenin area to detain suspects.
On Tuesday, Israeli soldiers disguised as Palestinians raided the village of Tamoun, arresting a member of the Islamic Jihad group. Several dozen Palestinians were injured in ensuing clashes, medical officials said.
In Thursday’s incident, the soldiers clashed with some 500 Palestinians, forcing them out of Jenin, the security source said. An elderly Palestinian woman was slightly injured by a dog used by Israeli forces during the operation.
A military source said a Palestinian was arrested in Thursday’s raid — though not the suspect in whose pursuit Israel had launched the operation. The source did not give further details on the detainee.
Jenin is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank under interim peace accords with Israel.
Israel has reserved the right to carry out its own operations against militants in the West Bank.
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