Hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers who raided a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on
leaving 28 with gunshot injuries.
Palestinian health ministry said 28 people were shot and wounded,
including one in the head, during clashes in Al-Amari camp at the
entrance to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
A squad of around 25
Israeli soldiers arrived in the camp, located on the edge of the city
where the Palestinian Authority has its headquarters, early on Monday
Palestinian security sources said the army tried to
arrest an official from Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah
party, who managed to escape.
The Israeli army did not give a reason for their raid in the camp, speaking only of "operational activity".
in the streets of the camp, which is home to 15,000 Palestinians,
soldiers clashed with hundreds of youths who threw stones and glass
The soldiers responded by firing rubber bullets and live ammunition.
One soldier was injured by stones and needed to be aided by colleagues, according to AFP journalists on the scene.
army spokeswoman said "dozens of rioters hurled homemade explosives and
rocks at forces", although the AFP journalists saw no explosive
"Forces called on the rioters to halt the assault using
riot dispersal means. Upon the continued violence, the force responded,
shooting towards the main instigators," the spokeswoman added.
clashes lasted for nearly three hours before troops left the camp. Some
of the soldiers were picked up by military jeeps, while others left to a
nearby Jewish settlement.
Palestinians followed them, blocking the main road from Ramallah to Jerusalem for about half an hour.
on Monday, Israeli police said they arrested a 15-year-old Palestinian
girl carrying two knifes in her bag after she approached police on the
edge of the Old City of Jerusalem.
"Police units at Damascus gate
arrest suspicious female terrorist with knives before carrying out
attack. No injuries," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted.
The events were the latest in more than four months of violence rocking Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
October 1, 172 Palestinians, 26 Israelis, as well as an American, a
Sudanese and an Eritrean have been killed in a wave of violence,
according to an AFP count.
Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out attacks but others died during clashes and demonstrations.