Palestinians threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF jeeps as they left Jenin
on Thursday afternoon. There were no casualties.
The soldiers had driven
into the West Bank city’s industrial zone in search of a wanted
They failed to find the man, but did arrest another
Security sources did not name the suspects, their
organizations or the specific reasons for which they were sought, beyond citing
It was the second time this week that
Israeli forces entered the Jenin area to detain suspects.
On Tuesday, IDF
soldiers disguised as Palestinians raided the village of Tammun, arresting a
member of Islamic Jihad. Several dozen Palestinians were injured in the
ensuing fight, medical officials said.
In Thursday’s incident, the
soldiers clashed with some 500 Palestinians, and were forced out of Jenin, the
security source said. An elderly Palestinian woman was lightly injured by a dog
used by Israeli forces during the operation.
As the soldiers left Jenin,
Palestinians hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at their jeeps, and rolled
burning tires toward the vehicles.
A video of the incident was posted on
YouTube. In one brief clip, it appears that a number of Palestinians were able
to climb onto one of the jeeps and hang on as it drove down the road.
security source rejected attempts by the media to portray the IDF as retreating
from Jenin. The source noted that the attack happened as the soldiers were
already in the process of exiting the city.
Reuters contributed to this