Six Israeli border policemen and four Palestinians were injured in clashes at the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, writes the newspaper Yedioth Ahronot.
Border police visited the refugee camp in the early morning hours to arrest three members of a gang of car thieves operating from the refugee camp. Border police were met with strong opposition from locals. Large concrete blocks and washing machines were thrown from the rooftops at the police.
According to Ha’aretz newspaper, it was an undercover police operation that went wrong.
The situation became so aggravated that the police feared for their lives. Therefore, they saw themselves forced to fire sharply while waiting to be rescued from the area by Israeli soldiers. Four Palestinians were shot dead during the clash. The condition was reportedly critical in three of them. No border guards were seriously injured, but several were treated at the hospital.
Two of the three suspected car thieves were arrested.
In May, 21-year-old soldier Amit Ben-Yigal was killed in a similar operation after a stone was thrown at him from the top of a property – the stone hit Ben-Yigal in the head – read more about it HERE.