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Samaria: Arrests, Injuries as Security Forces Clash with Rioters

Joint operation seizes machine gun, terror suspects.
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 2/5/2014, 10:54 AM

PA rioters
PA rioters
Israel news photo: Flash 90

At least two Palestinian Arab rioters were injured in clashes with security forces in Al-Fara, in northern Samaria (Shomron), during an early-morning raid Wednesday.

Security forces arrested four suspected terrorists and seized a machine gun and ammunition, but came under attack by dozens of rioters, forcing them to fire in self-defense. Palestinian Maan News claimed two attackers - which it identified as 27-year-old Saed al-Ghoul and 23-year-old Hamza Mousa Ulayyan - suffered gunshot wounds.

Local sources claim an "IDF soldier" was lightly wounded by a homemade bomb hurled by rioters, but the IDF Spokesperson's Unit told Arutz Sheva that its forces were not involved in what was a "joint operation by other security forces".

The raid may have been linked to a recent march by masked gunmen who threatened to kill local "collaborators" or anyone else speaking with Israeli security services.