Palestinians in Ramallah reported Thursday morning that a currency-exchange complex in a building on Al-Quds Street caught fire in the midst of a raid conducted by Israeli soldiers.
According to witnesses, a force of IDF soldiers raided the exchange company where clashes broke out between troops and dozens of young Palestinians.
They said that the military force used tear gas and crowd dispersal measures, which caused the fire. The flame reportedly spread to some 10 shops in the complex after the troops tried to blow open safes during the raid.
The fire brigade in El Bireh, in the West Bank, said no one was hurt in the blaze that spread through a three-storey commercial building in the town before opening hours.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said soldiers out to confiscate documents from "a money-changer who deals with terror funds" attempted to open safes using a controlled explosion and a fire erupted. She said the military had begun an investigation of the incident.
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