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Israeli forces, Palestinians exchange fire during Jenin arrest raid

Oct. 4, 2015 10:19 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 5, 2015 10:54 A.M.)
JENIN (Ma’an) – Israeli forces and Palestinians exchanged live fire on Sunday morning after Israeli forces stormed Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank during an arrest raid, Palestinian security sources told Ma'an.

Palestinian security sources said three Palestinians were arrested during the raid, and 27 were injured in clashes, including four who were injured with live fire. Others of the injured were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets and many suffered from tear gas inhalation.

An Israeli army spokesperson said there was "an activity" in Jenin refugee camp, where two Palestinian suspects were arrested and a weapon was seized.

The spokesperson added that "a fire was ignited to force a Palestinian out of a building" at one of the homes in the camp after Israeli forces surrounded the home of a suspect who refused to turn himself in.

Following the fire, Israeli forces were able to enter the home where explosive devices were allegedly confiscated from inside the building.

Local sources said Israeli forces shelled the home, causing the fire.

The home reportedly belonged to a man identified as Qays al-Shaadi. Local sources said al-Shaadi's brother was detained from inside the home, but that al-Shaadi, sn alleged Hamas activist, was not detained.

According to Palestinian sources, al-Shaadi has been wanted by Israeli intelligence for more than two years.

Clashes broke out inside the camp during the raid.

An army spokesperson said Palestinians threw explosive devices and opened live fire at Israeli forces.

Separately, Israeli troops stormed and raided Jenin city as well as the Jenin district villages of Silat al-Harithiya, Arraba, Yaabad and al-Yamoun.

Several house were reportedly ransacked during raids.

Israeli settlers reportedly gathered at a crossroads near the illegal Mevo Dotan settlement and on the main road between the Palestinian villages of Bartaa and Yaabad southwest of Jenin. Witnesses said Israeli troops were heavily deployed in the area to protect the settlers.




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