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Troops arrest 8 Palestinian suspects overnight in West Bank; border cop lightly hurt

Forces respond with live fire to violence in town of Abu Dis, as officer is injured by rock thrown at his hand

Israeli troops carry out arrests of Palestinian suspects in the West Bank, July 27, 2022. (Border Police)
Israeli troops carry out arrests of Palestinian suspects in the West Bank, July 27, 2022. (Border Police)

Eight Palestinians allegedly involved in terror activities were arrested overnight Wednesday throughout the West Bank in a joint operation carried out by the Israeli military, the Border Police and the Shin Bet. One Israeli troop suffered mild injuries.

Troops were deployed to several Palestinian towns, including Beit Furik, Tarqumiyah, Beit Fajjar, Teqoa, Abu Dis and the Dheisheh refugee camp, the military said in a statement.

While entering the Jerusalem-area town of Abu Dis, Israeli troops were met with a violent riot that included suspects throwing Molotov cocktails, large stones and other heavy items toward them.

The troops, feeling that their lives were in danger, responded with live fire, according to a statement issued by the Border Police.

One Border Police officer suffered a light injury to his hand after being hit by a rock, the statement added. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Troops also arrested a suspect who had been involved in attacking Israeli vehicles on West Bank roads.

Overall, eight suspects were arrested during the night.

Israeli troops carry out arrests of Palestinian suspects in the West Bank, July 27, 2022. (Border Police)

Separately, an unarmed Palestinian man who approached a military post near the West Bank city of Nablus and did not heed calls to stop was shot and injured late Tuesday night.

The individual was taken to hospital for treatment, the military said, and an investigation into the incident was underway.

On Monday evening, Israeli troops entered the West Bank town of Qarawat Bani Hassan to demolish the homes of two Palestinians accused of carrying out a deadly shooting attack in the settlement of Ariel in April.

On Sunday night, Israeli troops arrested a Palestinian man suspected of planning to stab Israelis at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank.

Earlier Sunday, two Palestinian gunmen were killed in an Israeli military raid in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Over the weekend, Israeli security forces arrested six Palestinian suspects throughout the West Bank, with violent confrontations reported in some areas.

Tensions have remained high in the West Bank, as Israeli security forces stepped up operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report. 

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