Palestinians clashed overnight Saturday with Palestinian Authority police in Ramallah and were filmed bombarding a police station with rocks next to the city’s Manara Square.
A Palestinian man, 30-year-old Mohammed Tarifi, was shot around the same time in clashes with security forces at the entrance to Ramallah and later died en route to the hospital. Five other Palestinians were wounded in the clashes.
Israeli forces raided a printing house affiliated with Hamas in a building next to the police station. The Palestinians clashed with IDF troops that were there, but after the Israeli forces departed the area the youths began to attack Palestinian police at the station.
The Palestinian officers arrested a number of the rioters and the situation calmed down. According to Palestinian sources, a number of the detainees held Israeli identification cards.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the kidnapping of three Israeli teens which prompted the current Israeli activity in the West Bank, and promised that the PA and Palestinian security forces would act to bring about the release of the three young Israelis.
Abbas and his security forces have been castigated in the West Bank and Gaza for aiding in Israel’s search for the missing youths. Senior Hamas figures have been among those who have slammed Abbas for his operational and security coordination with Israel.
One Hamas parliament member, Salah al-Bardawil, called him “an IDF spokesman.”