Palestinian opens fire on Israeli troops in Jenin
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Palestinian opens fire on Israeli troops in Jenin

None injured; eight suspects arrested by soldiers overnight; air force bombs Gaza in response to rocket fire

Israeli soldiers seen during searches in the West Bank city of Jenin, June 19, 2014. (IDF /Spokesperson/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers seen during searches in the West Bank city of Jenin, June 19, 2014. (IDF /Spokesperson/Flash90)

A Palestinian opened fire at Israeli troops early Monday morning during an operation in the Jenin refugee camp, the IDF said.

Three Palestinians were arrested during the IDF operation there, and there were no reports of injuries.

Soldiers recovered a rifle, pipe bombs and other munitions in Jenin, the army said in a statement.

“Overnight, during routine activities to recover concealed weapons in the Jenin refugee camp, a suspect attacked the forces and fired at them,” an IDF spokesperson said.

“Following the attack, the forces searched the scene and identified multiple bullet shell casings,” she added.

In all, eight Palestinians were arrested during IDF activities in the West Bank overnight, the statement said.

Also early on Monday, Israeli warplanes struck the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket fired at southern Israel on Sunday evening.

Fighter planes bombed near the cities of Khan Younis and Deir al Balah in the south and center of the Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources in the coastal territory said. The IDF said it hit a training facility belonging to Hamas’s armed wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades in the central Gaza Strip in retaliation for the rocket fired at southern Israel.

The IDF said Sunday’s was the third rocket fired at Israel since the beginning of 2016.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage or claims of responsibility.

Though sporadic rocket attacks are often claimed by small Salafi groups, Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for all strikes and generally responds with a pro-forma strike on Hamas facilities in the Strip.

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