World Bulletin/News Desk
Israel launched an arrest campaign late Sunday in the city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) after an Israeli soldier was shot dead on Sunday during a Jewish festival in the tense West Bank city.
"A large number of occupation troops have carried out a wave of arrests targeting some 200 citizens," Palestinian eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.
"Detainees were held until dawn; most were released later," they said, adding that they had little information regarding those still held by Israeli authorities, including their identities.
The Israeli army also informed seven Palestinian families residing in Al-Khalil that their rooftops would be commandeered by the Israeli army for a 48-hour period for "surveillance," witnesses said.
Several checkpoints were erected at the city's entrances and main streets, meanwhile, as troops checked the IDs of passersby and searched cars for traces of the perpetrators of Sunday's attack.
On Sunday, the Israeli army announced that one of its soldiers had died in a hospital in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) after his patrol came under fire near Al-Khalil's Ibrahimi Mosque, known to Jews as the "Cave of the Patriarchs."
Al-Khalil is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 500 Jewish settlers. The latter live in several Jewish-only enclaves that are heavily guarded by Israeli troops.
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