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Soldier lightly injured by Palestinian gunfire during West Bank military operation

IDF says servicemember taken to hospital after sustaining hand wound in Burqin, near Jenin; 14 wanted Palestinians detained in overnight raids

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, August 25, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, August 25, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded by Palestinian gunfire during a military operation in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday in the northern West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces said.

According to the IDF, the soldier sustained a hand injury during the operation in the village of Burqin, west of Jenin, and was taken to hospital for treatment.

The military said a number of suspects were detained and the “planned activity was completed.”

Across the West Bank overnight, troops detained 14 wanted Palestinians, the IDF said, adding that there were incidents of stones being hurled at soldiers in some areas.

Two suspects were detained in Jenin, and another four in the nearby village of Bir al Basha.

In Silwad, two Palestinians suspected of “terror activities” were arrested, the IDF said. The pair were being questioned over their possible involvement in a shooting attack on Saturday night against an Israeli bus in the area.

An Israeli bus is seen damaged following a shooting attack in the West Bank near Silwad, August 20, 2022. (Courtesy)

Israeli security forces have stepped up their operations in the West Bank following a deadly wave of terror attacks that left 19 people dead between mid-March and the beginning of May.

Many of the raids have concentrated on the unstable Jenin area, from where several of the attackers hailed.

The 14 suspects arrested Thursday were taken to be questioned by the Shin Bet security agency.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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