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IDF says soldiers fire on Palestinians wielding Molotov cocktails, wounding one

According to the military, men threw firebombs at troops close to Einav checkpoint, east of Palestinian city of Tulkarem

Israeli soldiers during a raid in the village of Shuweika, near the West Bank town of Tulkarem on October 20, 2018. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90/File)
Israeli soldiers during a raid in the village of Shuweika, near the West Bank town of Tulkarem on October 20, 2018. (Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90/File)

Israel Defense Forces soldiers thwarted an attempt by Palestinian assailants to attack troops near Einav checkpoint in the West Bank on Monday night, the IDF said.

“During a routine IDF operation near a military post, soldiers identified three terrorists who threw Molotov cocktails at them,” the IDF said in a statement.

The confrontation took place east of the Palestinian city of Tulkarem.

“The fighters responded by firing and one of the terrorists was hit. None of our forces was injured. IDF soldiers are searching the area for the remaining two terrorists,” the IDF said.

The official Palestinian Authority news agency, WAFA, reported that one Palestinian on the scene was injured and in unknown condition, although initial Palestinian media reports had claimed that one of those shot had died on the spot.

The IDF did not provide any further information about the condition of the wounded assailant.

According to WAFA, IDF soldiers closed to the checkpoint to traffic on both sides following the incident.

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