Israeli army raids West Bank Palestinian camp after soldier death

Israeli troops take position as they clash with Palestinian youth in the Amari refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank after they stormed the camp on Monday, May 28. (AFP)
Updated 28 May 2018
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Israeli army raids West Bank Palestinian camp after soldier death

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Israeli army raided a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank Monday, AFP journalists said, in an apparent hunt for suspects in the killing of a soldier.
Dozens of Israeli troops entered the Amari Refugee Camp in Ramallah in the early hours of Monday, closing off all the entrances, AFP journalists said.
At least 13 Palestinians were lightly or moderately injured during the raid as clashes broke out, the Palestinian Health Ministry said, with soldiers firing tear gas and bullets.
Residents said a number of Palestinians were arrested, though there was no immediate confirmation or statement from the army.
Israeli forces later withdrew from the camp.
It came days after an Israeli soldier was killed during a raid inside the camp.
Sergeant Ronen Lubarsky, 20, of the Duvdevan special forces unit, was struck on the head by a stone block thrown during an arrest raid Thursday and died early Saturday.
Israeli media said the block was a granite slab dropped from a third-floor window.
Those responsible were not arrested at the time.
Amari is located inside Ramallah, seat of the Palestinian Authority, in an area theoretically under the full control of the Palestinian government.
Israeli forces regularly carry out night raids in Palestinian-governed parts of the West Bank to arrest suspects they accuse of militant activities against Israel.
Amari, home to around 6,000 Palestinians according to the UN, is a regular flashpoint where Israeli raids have sparked fierce clashes in the past.


Yemen army captures Houthi leader, 7 Hezbollah members in Saada

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Yemen army captures Houthi leader, 7 Hezbollah members in Saada

  • Forces carried out an operation that captured the leader of the militia along with seven military experts from Hezbollah
  • Meanwhile the commander of the third brigade said the battles lasted a week in Mount al-Ruqi and surrounding areas

Yemen’s national army captured a senior leader of the Houthi militia, and seven members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia in the Al-Malahit district, southwest of the northern province of Saada.

A military source told the official website of Yemen’s National Military, “26 September Net,” that the forces carried out an operation that captured the leader of the militia along with seven military experts from Hezbollah during fierce battles in the province.

The group has been listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the European Union.

Meanwhile the commander of the third brigade, Major General Abdul Karim Al-Sudai said the battles lasted a week in Mount al-Ruqi and surrounding areas.

He pointed out that the Arab coalition fighters supported the army during the operations and bombed militia positions.