Dozens of Palestinians Injured in Clashes With Israeli Army Near Ramallah

Israeli army unit, undertaking an arrest operation in the Al-Amari refugee camp, encountered explosive devices, shooting and stone throwing, says Israel.

An injured Palestinian man being evacuated on February 15, 2016 at the Amari Palestinian refugee camp, near Ramallah, during clashes with Israeli soldiers that erupted after they entered the camp early in the morning.
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Over two dozen Palestinians were injured Monday morning in clashes with Israel Defense Forces soldiers that erupted during an arrest operation in the Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported. According to the army, one of the soldiers was lightly injured by a stone during the clashes, when Palestinians shot at the force, threw explosive devices and threw stones.

The army reported that about 100 Palestinians took part in the clashes, which began when Israeli soldiers entered the refugee camp and arrested two Tanzim militia members. It noted that its force opened fire at and hit 10 Palestinians in response to the rioting. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 28 Palestinians were injure, one of them seriously. Red Crescent teams stated that they evacuated six people who were injured as a result of live fire or rubber-coated bullets.

Likewise, Palestinians in the Qalandiyah refugee camp reported the arrest of a Fatah member named Jamal Abu Leil, who heads the Tanzim faction in the refugee camp. Fatah condemned the arrest and labeled it "state terror." The secretary general of Fatah's revolutionary council, Amin Maqbul, commented that "the Palestinians are waging a non-violent popular struggle to end the occupation," and that "the arrests against organizations members will not contribute to calming the situation."

On Sunday, two Palestinian teens were shot and killed by the IDF during gunfire exchanges north of Jenin. The army suffered no casualties. The Palestinian Health Ministry announced that those killed were Nihad Raed Waqed and Fuad Marwan Waqed, two 15-year-olds from Arqa.