In an unusual incident, several Border Police jeeps head down main roads in southern Ramallah as Palestinians hurl stones at them.
Israeli forces regularly enter Palestinian Authority territory to conduct operations, but they rarely enter the PA’s de facto seat in broad daylight. Most army operations are confined to the refugee camps and villages on the outskirts of the small Palestinian city.
An army spokesperson says that the troops were conducting an operation in neighboring Beitunia before heading back to their base.
“As for why they took that route, that is for operational reasons that cannot be elaborated on,” the spokesperson says.
Border Police officers also briefly stopped by a Palestinian film festival taking place in the city, according to photographs from the scene circulated on Palestinian social media. The army spokesperson denies the festival was a target, adding that the soldiers were merely passing through.
Israeli troops withdrew from the city of Ramallah, local sources are saying that the Israeli army is conducting a military drill in the West Bank for two days. https://t.co/ou6xxWSpxr pic.twitter.com/xhWaKdR9LE
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