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Israeli-Palestinian clashes erupt in West Bank

- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

TAMOUN, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians say a raid by Israeli soldiers disguised as vegetable vendors to seize members of a militant group has sparked clashes in the northern West Bank.

Residents in the town of Tamoun say youths are tossing stones and bottles at Israeli troops, while the soldiers have responded with what appears to be live fire.

Resident Faris Bisharat said eight men have been wounded, some by live fire. He said the wanted men belong to Islamic Jihad, a violent group sworn to Israel's destruction.

Mr. Bisharat said the clashes began early Tuesday after Israeli forces dressed as merchants arrested one man. Regular forces then entered the town, and men began hurling rocks at them to prevent other arrests, Mr. Bisharat said.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

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