IDF soldier injured by gunfire during West Bank arrest raid
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IDF soldier injured by gunfire during West Bank arrest raid

Troop moderately wounded in leg after coming under fire in Nablus refugee camp; weapons parts seized

Illustrative image of the IDF 931 Nachal Brigade seen during search patrols in Balata refugee camp near Nablus in the West Bank, on the night of June 16, 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)
Illustrative image of the IDF 931 Nachal Brigade seen during search patrols in Balata refugee camp near Nablus in the West Bank, on the night of June 16, 2014. (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

An Israeli soldier was injured in a firefight that broke out in a Palestinian refugee camp during an operation overnight, the Israeli military said early Friday.

The soldier, hurt during a raid in Nablus, suffered moderate wounds in his leg, according to the Walla news site.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment, the army said. His identity was not immediately released for publication.

“Overnight, an assailant opened fire at security forces, [who were] arresting two suspects at the Balata refugee camp in Nablus,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a brief statement.

A view of the crowded Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Balata is the largest refugee camp in the West Bank, housing some 30,000 people. (Photo credit: Nati Shohat/FLASH90)
A view of the crowded Balata refugee camp in Nablus. Balata is the largest refugee camp in the West Bank, housing some 30,000 people. (Photo credit: Nati Shohat/FLASH90)

It was not clear if the gunman was one of the suspects they were seeking.

The IDF arrested a total of three wanted men in the raids, Channel 10 said. The three are suspected of involvement in terrorism, rioting and violence.

Troops also seized thousands of shekels, using intelligence information that originated with a terrorist organization.The army said several weapons components were also seized.

Israeli soldiers carry out nightly raids across the West Bank, routinely arresting suspects sought for low-level terror attacks and confiscating weapons and other contraband.

On Thursday, the IDF said a Palestinian man was shot dead during a clash with troops during an overnight operation to raze a home in East Jerusalem.

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad al-Kharoubi, 19, who was shot dead during clashes with IDF soldiers, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 22, 2016. (Photo by FLASH90)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad al-Kharoubi, 19, who was shot dead during clashes with IDF soldiers, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 22, 2016. (Photo by FLASH90)

An IDF spokesperson said “suspects threw improvised explosive devices at soldiers, who responded by opening fire,” killing the Palestinian, identified by the Palestinian health ministry as Ahmad al-Kharoubi, 19.

The troops were demolishing the home of terrorist Mesbah Abu Sabih, who killed two and injured six in an October shooting spree in Jerusalem.

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