Israeli soldiers disguised as Palestinian men surprised a large crowd of Palestinian stone-throwers Wednesday when they pulled their pistols and began tackling some of the instigators.
The Israeli military posted video of the confrontation, which was also posted on YouTube by a Palestinian. An IDF spokesman said the soldiers were part of the “Duvdevan” undercover unit.
A reporter for Agence France-Presse who saw the drama unfold reported that the undercover agents had been in the crowd of about 100 Palestinians for at least 30 minutes and, apparently to avoid suspicion, were also throwing stones at Israeli soldiers on a West Bank road.
When the Israeli soldiers pulled their weapons, Palestinians began shouting “Mustarabiin!,” a term that refers to people disguised as Arabs.
The Palestinians, many of them college students or college-age, had been throwing stones at Israeli soldiers for several hours outside Ramallah, AFP reported.
The video shows how the crowd quickly ran off after discovering that the men wearing T-shirts and Palestinian keffiyeh headscarves were really armed Israeli military men. AFP observed that one of the Israeli soldiers even had a green Hamas scarf hanging from his jeans pocket.
Palestinian stone-throwers usually cover their faces to avoid being identified by Israeli security forces.
Uniformed IDF soldiers quickly descended on the scene after the undercover soldiers revealed themselves and started making arrests, as seen in edited video captured from the Palestinian side of the confrontation:
AFP reported that one Palestinian was beaten by the soldiers and that three were wounded in the altercation.
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