Six IDF troops, including two officers, were wounded Thursday during a large-scale predawn operation aimed at rooting out Fatah terrorists in Nablus and the Balata refugee camp.
One of the officers was seriously wounded and the other sustained moderate wounds when bombs were thrown at the forces.
Paratroopers and Nahal infantry troops raided Nablus early Thursday and imposed a curfew that confined tens of thousands of people to their homes as the soldiers combed the city's narrow alleyways in search of wanted Palestinian terror suspects. The army interrupted broadcasts on the city's radio and TV stations, telling residents not to go outside.
The troops shot a Palestinian youth in the legs after he threw a Molotov cocktail at one of the patrols. In Nablus's old marketplace, troops found stockpiles of weapons, including numerous rifles, pistols, grenades and Molotov cocktails. Palestinian said that seven were wounded by rubber bullets and eight were arrested.
The IDF imposed a curfew on downtown Nablus on Thursday morning, leaving the streets empty except for armored military jeeps.
The crackdown drew angry condemnations from the new Palestinian government of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.
"We view this aggression as a way to undermine our efforts to provide security and end the chaos," Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayad said.
AP contributed to the report.
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