Shots fired at army position north of Jerusalem
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Shots fired at army position north of Jerusalem

No injuries in incident outside al-Bireh; troops searching the area for perpetrators

Illustrative: Israeli security forces in the West Bank on February 17, 2018 (Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90)
Illustrative: Israeli security forces in the West Bank on February 17, 2018 (Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90)

Shots were fired Tuesday night at an IDF position in the central West Bank, causing neither injury nor damage, the army said.

The military said soldiers found a number of shells near the army post outside al-Bireh, north of Jerusalem.

“Troops are searching the area,” the army said.

Palestinian groups have called for clashes with Israeli forces to protest the US administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy to the city.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that Israel’s security forces thwarted between 20 and 30 terror attacks in the West Bank each week over the past few months.

The Israeli army said Sunday it would impose a closure on the West Bank for the duration of Purim, between Tuesday night and Saturday night, as is standard practice during festivals and holidays.

The move follows a review of the security situation and is dependent on government approval.

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