IDF Troops Wound Three Palestinians in Bethlehem Arrest Raid

One man detained in operation; IAF strikes Gaza weapons storage facility early Monday, wounding two.

Israel Defense Forces troops on Monday shot and wounded three Palestinians in an arrest raid near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, medics said. It was unclear whether they were militants or civilians.

An IDF spokeswoman said soldiers detained one man and fired rubber-coated bullets in the air during the raid but did not identify anyone getting hit. She also said Palestinians detonated a bomb, which wounded several Palestinians.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian boy was wounded by an explosive device, apparently set by militants to target IDF soldiers, Israel Radio reported.

Earlier Monday, Israel Air Force helicopters fired missiles at a house in the Jabalya refugee camp next to Gaza City, destroying it, witnesses and security officials said. Two neighbors were wounded by the blasts, they said.

The house belonged to a militant from the Fatah movement, officials said. IDF soldiers warned him to leave the building before the attack, they said.

The army said the target was a house used by a militant for storing weapons and confirmed that he was warned to leave.

For several weeks, the IDF has been carrying out late-night air strikes in Gaza after warning occupants of buildings to get out of the way. The army said it is targeting buildings used by militants for planning attacks, or for storing weapons and rockets to be fired at Israel.