IDF West Bank overnight raid met with riots, soldier lightly injured

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An Israeli soldier takes cover during clashes with Palestinian protesters following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on May 4 2018
Jaafar ASHTIYEH (AFP/File)An Israeli soldier takes cover during clashes with Palestinian protesters following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on May 4 2018

Last month, an Israel soldier was killed in West Bank raid after a cement slab was thrown from third-story

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was lightly injured by a rock thrown in a clash with his unit that was performing a West Bank raid in the city of Nablus during the early hours Thursday. 

“A violent riot broke out during which hundreds of rioters threw stones and cement blocks at our forces,” the IDF said. “The troops responded with crowd dispersal means and gunfire to disperse the clashes.”

The soldier was given on-site treatment.   

The army said it made 11 arrests of individuals suspected of involvement in terror-related activities or violent riots throughout the West Bank, in addition to seizing a car in Hebron and thousands of Shekels purportedly belonging to the terror-group Hamas in the city of Husan. 

Recently, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to make Hamas pay for damage done to Israeli lands from Gazan-launched flaming kites, while Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman said he would settle the score with Hamas, following months of violent protests on Israel's border that have claimed the lives of 125 Palestinians. 

Just last month, an Israel soldier was killed after a cement slab was thrown from the third story of a rooftop at a group of soldiers conducting an operational arrest of a suspected terrorist in the al-Am’ari refugee camp west of Ramallah. 

Israeli soldiers regularly carry out nightly raids across the West Bank, routinely detaining suspects wanted for low-level terror attacks, illegal weapons possession, and other security related offenses. Last year 1,380 Palestinian suspects were arrested in similar missions according to Hadashot news.