There have been violent clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen on the streets of Ramallah.
At least two Palestinians were killed. Several dozen were reportedly wounded. Troops reportedly arrested an Islamic Jihad militant. Israeli soldiers frequently carry out raids to arrest militants in Ramallah but they don’t usually turn into full-blown confrontation.
The Israeli army claims it was attacked by Palestinians armed with guns and stones. The Palestinians say the troops came to back up an undercover Israeli team trapped inside a building.
The Intifada which started in September 2000 has so far claimed more than 5,000 lives, 80 per cent of whom are Palestinians.