Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian gunmen in one of the West Bank’s toughest refugee camps overnight Tuesday, as a raid that appeared to be aimed at arresting people suspected as Palestinian militants turned into an armed confrontation.
The hourslong clash in the crowded cinder-block Jenin refugee camp, one of the chief battlegrounds of the second Intifada, was the most serious confrontation in the area in at least 18 months, and it came after a summer of deadly violence throughout the West Bank.
Israeli military officials would say only that there was a continuing arrest raid and that there had been shooting.
Israeli Army Radio said that one soldier had been wounded and airlifted to a hospital in northern Israel. It was not immediately known if any Palestinians had been wounded or killed. Palestinian medics and nearby residents said Israeli forces had surrounded and sealed off the area where the clashes were occurring.