In the latest Break the Wave operation, joint Israeli security forces — IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Border Police — operated in a number of cities and towns in the West Bank on Monday night. Eight Palestinians were arrested and one IDF soldier was lightly wounded.
The forces operated in the towns of Bayt Awa and Dhahiriya near Hebron and Barta'a – a town split by the Green Line on its northern seam – Marda near Nablus and Sinjil near Ramallah.
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The arrests occurred while intense internal Palestinian clashes in Nablus were taking place. Palestinian security forces arrested Hamas operative Musab Shtayyeh overnight, which led to intense clashes with gunmen. One man was killed in the crossfire with more injured as the clashes continue into the day.
A suspect, identified by Palestinian media as Ahmed Issa Hamdan, was arrested in the town of Shawawra near Bethlehem. At the same time, two suspects — one identified as Youssef Ahmed Al-Rimawi – were arrested in the towns of Bayt Rima in the southwestern part of the West Bank and Hable near the Seam Line. While operating in Bayt Rima, rioters threw stones at the soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal methods, according to the IDF.
Three more were arrested northwest of Jerusalem, in the towns of Bayt Duqu and Bidu, where rioters also threw stones at the forces. Two of them were identified by Palestinian media as Bedouin journalist Ayman Khaled Al-Khudour and Issa Rushdi Haushiya.
One IDF soldier was lightly wounded as a result and evacuated to hospital for medical attention.