Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Undercover IDF troops exposed in West Bank

Palestinians say special, undercover IDF force operating in Tamoun, near Jenin, was exposed; clashes erupt on site

Raid gone wrong: Palestinian sources in the West Bank reported Tuesday that riots broke out in the West Bank village of Tamoun, near Jenin, after an undercover IDF unit operating in the area was exposed.

Three soldiers sustained mild injuries and were evacuated to a nearby hospital. The Palestinians said that the troops were disguised as vegetable vendors and and sought to seize members of a militant group.

The force was apparently part of the Mistaarvim ("Arabized") Unit – an elite counter-terrorism force whose members serve in various IDF divisions.

According to reports, massive IDF forces were scrambled to the scene and are using crowd-control measures to contain the riot.

Checkpoints and blockades have been set up in the area, which has been declared a closed military zone.

According to the Palestinians, the troops apprehended Murad Uda, a known operative of the Islamic Jihad.

Residents in the town of Tamoun said youths were tossing stones and bottles at Israeli troops, while the soldiers responded with what appears to be live fire.

Medical sources with the Red Crescent said that 30 Palestinians were wounded in the clash, from apparent rubber-bullet impact.

According to the Red Crescent, 100 Palestinians suffered light injuries from inhaling tear gas.  


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