Israeli Officer Wounded in Shootout With Palestinians in Jenin

IDF forces, accompanied by members of a police counterterrorism unit and Shin Bet security service, come under fire in West Bank town while attempting to conduct arrest.

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IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Awarta, June 26, 2014.
IDF soldiers in the West Bank village of Awarta, June 26, 2014.Credit: AFP

An officer in the Israel Police's Yamam counterterrorism unit was moderately wounded during a shootout between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin late Monday night, prompting clashes between Palestinians and security forces overnight.

According to initial reports, Israel Defense Forces soldiers, accompanied by members of the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Police's Yamam counterterrorism unit, came under fire while carrying out an arrest.

The wounded officer is currently in stable condition after being evacuated by helicopter to Rambam Medical Center. Forces are checking if the officer was shot by a Palestinian or wounded by friendly fire.

In wake of the incident, Palestinians and Israeli forces clashed throughout Jenin overnight. Some 12 Palestinians were wounded after inhaling tear gas and one was arrested.

Jenin Governor Ibrahim Ramadan said that the Israeli forces surrounded the three houses including the Abu Al-Hija home in the Jenin refugee camp to carry out arrests. Hundreds of youths began rioting by the house soon after.

Majdi Abu Al-Hija, a well-known Hamas activist, was arrested. Other family members, including his son and brother Alaa, were reportedly arrested, as well.

The IDF confirmed they demolished the Al-Hija house during the operation, adding that rioters threw stones and firebombs at Israeli forces during the operation.

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