HEBRON (Ma'an) -- More than 20 Palestinians were wounded in clashes with Israeli forces in central Hebron on Thursday afternoon, after a skirmish between Israeli troops and Palestinian police.
Locals said Israeli soldiers had tried to detain an on-duty Palestinian police officer in Bab al-Zawiye in the center of the city.
The police officer resisted and several fellow police officers rushed to his aid, they said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said there was a "clash" between police and the army but did not have further details.
Witnesses told Ma'an that after the incident, Israeli forces deployed extra units and were firing indiscriminately. Local youth threw stones at the troops, and soldiers set off tear gas and fire rubber bullets at the crowd. more
The Hamas government in Gaza confirmed on Thursday that the movement's politburo chief Khaled Meshaal was due in the coastal territory on Friday to celebrate Hamas's 25th anniversary.
The trip is set to be a historic one for Meshaal, who was born in the West Bank but has not visited the Palestinian territories since he went into exile after the 1967 Six-Day War.
He had been due to visit Gaza at the start of the year, but the trip never happened.
Hamas "announces the visit of Khaled Meshaal, head of the political bureau, tomorrow December 7, to participate in the celebration of the movement's 25th anniversary," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.
During the visit, Meshaal will meet members of different Palestinian movements and residents of Gaza, "as well as representatives of the families of martyrs, prisoners and those injured in the last Israeli aggression against Gaza," the statement added.
The visit, Abu Zuhri added, was "a fruit of the victory of the resistance over the occupation."
Meshaal's trip comes after a ceasefire that ended eight days of conflict between Israel and Gaza militant groups.