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Palestinian mob attacks Israeli troops in Jenin

by Marcy Oster, JTA

January 3, 2013 | 1:46 pm

Protesters throw stones near burning tires during clashes with Israeli security officers in the West Bank village of Tamoun, near the West Bank city of Jenin, on Jan. 1. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

Protesters throw stones near burning tires during clashes with Israeli security officers in the West Bank village of Tamoun, near the West Bank city of Jenin, on Jan. 1. Photo by Ammar Awad/Reuters

Residents of the Jenin refugee camp attacked a unit of Israeli soldiers who entered the area to arrest a Palestinian wanted for involvement in terrorism.

Some 500 Palestinians on Thursday morning surrounded the troops and threw stones and Molotov cocktails, as well burned tires in the street, according to reports. The soldiers, who used crowd control methods such as tear gas to turn back the mob, had entered the area during daylight, which is rare.

The troops left Jenin without the wanted man, who was determined to be out of the area.

An elderly Palestinian woman reportedly was injured when she was bitten by a military dog, and a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg.

It was the second time in a week that local residents attacked soldiers operating in a Palestinian area.

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