Israeli troops enter Tulkarem, youth hurl stones
Published Sunday 23/10/2011 (updated) 23/10/2011 21:33
Palestinians pass by Israeli army vehicles during a military operation in the
West Bank city of Tulkarem on March 4, 2009. (MaanImages/Mouid Ashqar)
JENIN (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces entered northern West Bank city Tulkarem on Sunday evening, sparking clashes with local youth.
Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that four Israeli military vehicles stormed the city, before youth pelted them with stones and Israeli soldiers responded by firing tear gas.
No injuries were reported.
An Israeli army spokesman said rocks were thrown at an Israeli army patrol in the city, but he was not aware of riot dispersal means being used.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces closed Enav military checkpoint for maintenance to the east of the city, causing traffic jams as drivers sought alternative routes.
Truck drivers at al-Tayba checkpoint to the city's south protested the closure, saying it obstructed their daily work.
An Israeli army spokesman said the maintenance could be completed "sometime this week," however officials said earlier it would not be reopened until Nov. 1.