Five Palestinians wounded in latest West Bank raid

Raid was aiming at detention of susupected Hamas member

Five Palestinians wounded in latest West Bank raid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Five Palestinians were wounded in a raid in the occupied West Bank to arrest a Hamas member, the Israeli army and local medical officials said on Tuesday. Besides one Israeli border policemen was wounded by a friendly fire as well. 

The fate of the wanted man was not immediately clear. The army said soldiers demolished a house, in the city of Jenin, in which he was suspected of hiding and opened fire.

A Hamas source in Jenin said the suspect was Bassam al-Saadi, a member of the Islamic Jihad group. The source said two Hamas activists were detained by the Israeli forces.

In a statement, the army said hundreds of Palestinians had gathered at the scene during the operation late on Monday.

Palestinian medical officials said five Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, in speech on security issues in Tel Aviv, said a member of an Israeli special forces unit was shot and wounded, apparently by friendly fire.

Israeli troops frequently enter Palestinian-controlled territory to detain people suspected of militant activity.

Palestinian officials condemn this practice as an encroachment on the limited self-rule they hold in parts of the Israel-occupied West Bank.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Eylül 2015, 13:04