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Israeli troops attacked during Bethlehem-area counterterror raid

IDF reports 13 suspects arrested in operations across Judea and Samaria.

Israeli forces operate in Judea and Samaria, April 4, 2023. Credit: IDF.
Israeli forces operate in Judea and Samaria, April 4, 2023. Credit: IDF.

Palestinian media reported three injured when clashes erupted during an Israeli counterterrorism operation in the Dheisheh refugee camp south of Bethlehem on Tuesday.

The Israel Defense Forces said that stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at soldiers who responded with crowd dispersal measures including live fire from weapons classified as “less than lethal.”

The Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency reported that three Palestinians were injured, one critically, during the raid in Dheisheh. The news agency also reported that three persons were injured during another raid in Kafr Ni’ma, west of Ramallah.

Six Palestinian terrorism suspects were arrested during the Dheisheh raid and in Al-Dawha, according to the IDF, with 13 in total detained during overnight activities across Judea and Samaria. Al-Dawha, also located near Bethlehem in Judea, was part of Beit Jala until 1996.

The suspects were transferred to the security forces for questioning.

No casualties to Israeli forces were reported. In addition to the IDF, members of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Border Police took part in the operations.

Also on Tuesday, a terrorist stabbed and wounded two soldiers near Rishon Letzion in central Israel. Civilians on the scene subdued the Palestinian attacker from Hebron, who has since been transferred to authorities for questioning.

Terrorist gunfire on Monday night damaged several homes in Kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa, located on the summit of Mount Gilboa.

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