TEL AVIV — Palestinians burned tires, set up roadblocks and closed stores in East Jerusalem and Ramallah on Saturday to protest the deployment of thousands of Israeli troops and mass arrests in occupied Arab areas.
Palestinian sources said troops shot and wounded an Arab demonstrator who threw stones in Nablus, but the army denied this and said the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip remained calm.
"Everything is completely quiet. There were no shootings or irregular incidents," an army spokeswoman said.
Witnesses said troops arrested a few Palestinians in the West Bank town of Ramallah and welded shut the stores of Palestinians who refused to open for business.
In East Jerusalem, annexed by Israel after its capture in the 1967 Middle East War, shopkeepers went on strike, but no incidents were reported.