Palestinians threw bombs and opened fire at Israeli troops operating in the Samarian town of Nablus on Thursday morning as troops pushed ahead with a hunt for Palestinian fugitives. One armed Palestinian was wounded.
Israeli soldiers surrounded a building calling on the fugitives to surrender and retaliated after Palestinians opened fire on them. During the operation, troops also arrested three Islamic Jihad gunmen who were taken by Israel secret services for interrogation.
Israel withdrew from the old city of Nablus, lifting the curfew on thousands of Palestinians confined to their homes.
It was the fifth day of the sweep through Nablus, the army’s largest operation since July. The Israeli army arrested 19 terror suspects overnight Wednesday throughout Judea and Samaria. Most suicide bombers have come from Nablus, which has served as a base for terrorism.