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Israeli soldier, policeman lightly injured in Turmus Aya clashes

The forces had entered the Samaria town to seize some NIS 650,000 ($177,000) earmarked for terror activities.

Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the village of Turmus Aya. June 21, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90
Israeli soldiers at the entrance to the village of Turmus Aya. June 21, 2023. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/FLASH90

An Israeli soldier and a Border Police officer were injured on Wednesday during clashes with Palestinians in the town of Turmus Aya, located near Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria.

The soldier sustained minor injuries when a suspect attacked him and was evacuated to the hospital for treatment, according to the Israel Defense Forces. The officer was struck by a rock and treated at the scene.

The forces had entered the town to seize some NIS 650,000 ($177,000) earmarked for terror activities, according to the military.

“During the operation, dozens of Palestinians gathered in the area and attacked the forces, threw stones and … paint bottles,” said the IDF.

Troops responded with warning shots and crowd control measures, and a hit was identified, according to the military.

Two suspects were arrested.

Earlier Wednesday, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced that six Palestinians had been charged in connection with a string of shootings over the past few months in Judea and Samaria.

The terrorists all hailed from the Palestinian-controlled village of al-Mughayyir, and their attacks mostly centered around the Jewish community of Shilo, according to the agency.

The attacks caused no injuries, said the Shin Bet.

Members of the cell procured firearms from a dealer near Jenin and had contact with “terror elements” in the Gaza Strip in a bid to seek funding, according to the security agency.

The Shin Bet said the terrorists posted evidence of their attacks to social media, including footage, and referred to themselves as the “Martyr Raed Naasan Group,” named after a Palestinian rioter killed by IDF troops in al-Mughayyir in 2022.

On Monday, an Israeli was stabbed after a group of civilians entered the Palestinian-controlled village of Deir Qaddis in Samaria. The victim sustained light injuries and was evacuated to the hospital.

The incident came after Israeli forces thwarted a Palestinian terrorist attack near Neve Tzuf (aka Halamish) in the Binyamin region of Samaria.

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