Hundreds of Palestinians riot following IDF raid on Jenin

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was wounded, possibly by friendly fire, during clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians during a raid in the West Bank city of Jenin.

During the early Tuesday morning raid, Israel Defense Forces soldiers, as well as Shin Bet security service officers and Israel Police officers, arrived in Jenin to arrest a senior Hamas operative, the IDF said in a statement.

Security forces surrounded the home that the operative was hiding in, ultimately demolishing the home when the wanted man refused to come out, according to the IDF.

Following the arrest, hundreds of Palestinians rioted in the area, throwing rocks and firebombs, according to the IDF, leading to the injury of the soldier as well as at least 5 Palestinians.

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The IDF is investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of the soldier.

Hours after the arrest, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, triggering the Code Red warning in towns on the southern border. The rockets landed in Gazan territory, however.

A group affiliated with the Islamic State claimed responsibility for firing two rockets at Israel, and said it was in retaliation for the raid in Jenin, Ynet reported.

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