Hundreds of Palestinians riot following Israeli raid in West Bank


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was wounded, possibly by friendly fire, during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians following an Israeli raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

Israeli soldiers, as well as officers from the Shin Bet security service officers and Israel Police, came to Jenin early Tuesday morning to arrest a senior Hamas operative, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Security forces surrounded the home where the alleged operative was hiding, ultimately demolishing it when the wanted man refused to come out.

Following the arrest, hundreds of Palestinians rioted in the area, throwing rocks and firebombs, according to the IDF, leading to the injury of the soldier as well as at least five Palestinians.

The IDF is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the soldier.

Hours after the arrest, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, triggering the Code Red warning in towns on the ssouthern border. The rockets landed in Gaza territory, however.

A group affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for firing two rockets at Israel, saying it was in retaliation for the Jenin raid, Ynet reported.

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