Asserting the business finances terrorists, IDF forces attempt to open store’s safe with explosives, causing a fire in the building.
By Elior Levy and Yoav Zitun
The IDF raided a currency exchange store in Ramallah on the night between Wednesday and Thursday, apparently in order to confiscate funds used for terrorist purposes. Palestinian sources told Ynet that IDF soldiers attempted to blow a safe in the store open with explosives. The explosion apparently caused a fire to break out in the building. No one was hurt, and Palestinian firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze after the IDF left the area.
This is not the first time this exchange company has been raided by the IDF. This raid was executed based on intelligence provided by the Israel Police. The store’s owner refused to open the safe, leading the IDF soldiers to try and crack it with explosives. The attempt reportedly failed.
In March, IDF forces raided the offices of Palestinian television channel Falasteen Al-Yom in the Ramallah-adjacent town of al-Bireh, confiscating equipment. At the same time, the IDF arrested the channel’s West Bank director, Farouk Alian. Despite the raid, the Islamic Jihad-affiliated channel – considered one of the most popular among Palestinians – has gone on broadcasting out of Gaza.