Israeli Forces Raid West Bank Camp in Search for Soldier's Killer; 13 Palestinians Said Wounded

Clashes erupt at al-Am'ari Refugee Camp, with Palestinians throwing stones and soldiers using riot dispersal measures

Young Palestinian men clash with Israeli soldiers in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah on May 28, 2018.
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Clashes broke out on Monday morning in a West Bank refugee camp as Israeli forces sought a suspect in the killing of a soldier, with the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah saying 13 people were lightly wounded. 

Residents of the al-Am'ari camp, located in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, threw stones at Israeli troops who are searching for the suspect. Israeli forces used riot dispersal measures in response.

The incident after Staff Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky, a 20-year-old soldier from the Israeli military's elite Duvdevan unit, was laid to rest on Saturday night. He died on Saturday from injuries sustained during a raid at the refugee camp, during which Palestinians dropped a heavy stone slab on his head from the third floor of a building.  

The military said the raid, which targeted members of a cell involved in recent terrorist attacks and shootings against Israelis, took place after intelligence information indicated the wanted men intended on carrying out another attack soon.

Duvdevan is an elite unit that carries out the largest number of anti-terrorism operations in the West Bank, and the unit has made over 150 arrests of Palestinians suspected of involvement in terrorism since the beginning of this year.

Young Palestinian men clash with Israeli soldiers in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah on May 28, 2018.
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Israeli troops fire tear gas as they clash with Palestinian youth in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah on May 28, 2018.
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