JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Palestinian Authority allegedly called off meetings with Israel on Monday following rioting during an IDF operation in the Kalandiya "refugee camp" that left two terrorists and a U.N. worker dead.
The U.S. State Department denied talks were canceled and some Israeli media reported the P.A. wanted to give the impression they'd canceled meetings with Israel.
Meanwhile, Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas, called the deaths "assassinations," saying, "What happened today in Kalandiya shows the real intentions of the Israeli government."
At around 5:00 a.m. Monday, an elite Border Police unit entered Kalandiya to arrest a known terrorist, a member of Fatah's Tanzim militia and an arms dealer, who escaped arrest on two previous occasions. (The Tanzim militia killed more Israelis during the second intifada than Hamas.)
The suspect had been out all night, saw the troops and jumped across rooftops to enter a different house, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Within minutes after entering the town, an estimated 300 rioters began throwing rocks and cement blocks at the soldiers.
At first, the soldiers responded with riot control methods until residents began hurling large appliances from the rooftops and carpets that had been set on fire. Snipers also opened fire on the soldiers, who at that point returned fire.
"When blocks and firebombs are being thrown at you from point-blank range, your life is in danger," a senior IDF security source said, according to the Post. "We had a mission to carry out and we stood by it. We will complete our mission even if we have to deal with a riot."
The IDF said the operation was carried out according to protocol, including the use of live ammunition.
"The behavior of all the forces was measured, responsible and professional," the source said. "This could have ended with much more casualties had the soldiers acted differently."
Arutz7 reported that one of the two terrorists killed during the rioting was released in 2011 as part of the lopsided prisoner exchange to free former IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Another casualty is a known terrorist, according to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), and the third was a U.N. employee apparently caught in the crossfire.