VIDEO - Four Palestinians were killed Wednesday afternoon in an IDF operation in Ramallah. An IDF soldier was lightly wounded by stones hurled and him and was evacuated to hospital for medical treatment.
IDF troops entered the city in the afternoon to arrest Mohammad Shubaki, the Islamic Jihad leader in Qalqiliya. The army said gunmen opened fire at troops while Palestinian youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails.
Soldiers fired rounds in the air to disperse the crowd. Three of four identified gunmen were killed when the soldiers returned fire, and the fourth one died from his wounds later on.
Streets of Ramallah, Wednesday (Photo: AP)
Palestinian eyewitnesses gave a different account of the events, saying three of the men killed were unarmed and only hurled stones at troops. The fourth one, the sources said, was a Palestinian police officer standing nearby.
According to Palestinian reports, 20 civilians were injured in confrontations with soldiers.
Officers praised the successful arrest of Shubaki, who they said had planned a terror attack in Israel. He was taken into interrogation by security forces. Following the arrest, the forces left the city.
In another incident, an Israeli Arab was injured Wednesday when Palestinians hurled stones at his car in the village of Hawara vnear Nablus. The man was evacuated to hospital.
Ali Waked contributed to the report