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Israeli forces clash with Tulkarem security, fire weapons and withdraw

Nov. 3, 2008 3:49 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 3, 2008 3:49 P.M.)
Tulkarem - Ma'an - Israeli soldiers faced off with Palestinian security personnel at the eastern gate of the Tulkarem security compound on Sunday afternoon.

The incident was sparked when Israeli soldiers demanded entrance into the area to detain unidentified men.

According to top-level security officers, the altercation occurred when a number of Israeli military jeeps arrived at the gate and asked security men there to evacuate so that they could enter claiming that they were looking for two men who entered to the headquarters wearing civilian clothes.

The security man guarding the headquarters called over one of the captains who informed refused to evacuate the gate, and added that the two men who entered the compound were employees who had come to perform their jobs.

Israeli soldiers then fired live ammunition at one of the security guards, threw a sound-bomb that failed to explode, and kicked at the gate leading to the security compound.

Tulkarem security personnel were put on alert and top-level security officers were instructed to call their Israeli counterparts to inform them of the situation.

After close to an hour of the tense situation the Israeli soldiers withdrew from the area without explanation.

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