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IDF ends Jericho military operation without arrest of wanted terrorists

The Israel Defense Forces concluded an operation Saturday morning in Jericho aimed at arresting terrorists wanted for a shooting attack at a restaurant at the Almog junction near the Dead Sea last week. 

The IDF forces entered the Aqbat Jaber refugee camp near Jericho early in the morning looking for suspects from the attack. 

The IDF reported armed opposition despite calling on residents to stay home and not interfere with the arrest operation. 

The operation ended after several hours, with several Palestinians wounded and six suspects arrested. However, they were not the prime suspects which the forces had been searching for. 

There were conflicting reports from the Israeli military and Palestinian media regarding the number of injured and arrested. 

The IDF reported 13 Palestinians wounded in the exchange of fire between its forces and militants in the camp who opposed them. 

Eighteen suspects were initially detained, but only 6 of them were arrested, with the rest released, according to the IDF. Palestinian media reported that nine Palestinians were arrested. 

Palestinian media also reported that calls were made over loudspeakers of the local mosques encouraging residents to resist the “occupation forces.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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