Footage of a dramatic sting operation by an elite Israeli Defence Force counter-terror unit has emerged online, amid flaring tensions in Gaza and the West Bank.
Undercover soldiers, dressed in plain clothes and disguised as Palestinian stone-throwers, can be seen blending into a crowd of Arab youths throwing rocks at a checkpoint in Ramallah, on the road to Jerusalem.
Video clips show the troops – part of the ‘Duvdevan’ unit which specialises in incognito operations against militants in urban areas – turning and shooting handguns towards the crowd.
Soldiers in uniform are then seen arresting three men, and an IDF spokesman hailed the success of the operation on Twitter.
— LTC (R) Peter Lerner (@LTCPeterLerner) October 7, 2015
Foreign Press Branch chief Lt Colonel Peter Lerner’s post read: “In 17 seconds, IDF Duvdevan arrested 3 Palestinians who attacked the road to Jerusalem, everybody else scooted.”
The violent scenes are the latest development in an atmosphere of escalating unrest – at least four Israelis have been killed in terror attacks over the past week, with several more wounded.