Clashes break out as IDF forces raid Palestinian wedding in Hebron
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Clashes break out as IDF forces raid Palestinian wedding in Hebron

Troops find rifle and ammunition that Israel says were intended to be used in a West Bank attack

Illustrative: IDF soldiers conduct a raid in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron, on September 17, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers conduct a raid in the West Bank village of Yatta, near Hebron, on September 17, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

Soldiers from the IDF’s Golani Brigade raided a wedding in the West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, looking for illegal weapons, Army Radio reported.

During the raid, clashes broke out with the guests who threw stones at the troops, who responded with riot dispersal means, the report said. No IDF soldiers were hurt and it was not immediately clear if there were injuries on the Palestinian side.

The soldiers found a rifle and ammunition, which had been intended to be used in a terror attack, the radio report said.

Troops routinely carry out raids in the West Bank looking for weapons and terror suspects; however, raiding a crowded wedding is rare.

Hebron, home to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, is a frequent flashpoint city where a few hundred heavily guarded Jewish settlers live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Palestinians.

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