Three Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli troops in the Qalandiya refugee camp, spurring the cancellation of a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators.
Ynet reported, citing Palestinian sources, that the meeting scheduled for Monday in the West Bank city of Jericho was canceled after the incident early that morning. At least 15 Palestinians were injured in the clashes.
Border Police troops dressed as civilians entered the camp to arrest a terror suspect who was released recently from an Israeli prison, according to reports.
Camp residents surrounded and attacked the troops with rocks and firebombs, according to reports. The Border Police put the number of Palestinian attackers at 1,500; the Palestinian Maan news agency said there were “dozens.”
The troops and a rescue force that entered the camp with the onset of the violence used “crowd dispersal methods,” according to the military, which usually includes rubber bullets shot at demonstrators’ legs and tear gas.
In an incident captured on video,the Palestinian demonstrators also rained boulders and building materials on Israeli army jeeps.
“The string of Israeli crimes and continued settlement construction represent a clear message as to its true intentions for the peace process,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.
P.A. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said in a statement issued after the incident, “Such a crime proves the need for an urgent and effective international protection for our people.”