Tensions continued to escalate in Israel today, as a number of clashes and terror incidents took place across the country and in the Palestinian territories.
A 14-year-old Jewish youth from the ultra-Orthodox Haredi sect has been stabbed in Jerusalem, suffering light injuries. The Arab suspect was arrested by police near the scene. A police spokesman described the stabbing as a “confirmed terror attack”.
Another attack saw a terrorist stab an Israeli police officer and attempt to take his gun in Kiryat Arba. He was shot during the attack and arrested. The victim suffered light injuries.
The two victims are the ninth and tenth Israelis to be wounded in attacks carried out by Arab terrorists over the past 24 hours.
An Israeli teenager attacked and wounded three Palestinian men and a Bedouin Arab in the southern town of Dimona this morning, in what is said to be a ‘retaliatory’ terror attack.
In addition, five Israelis were hurt today as their car crashed after being pelted with rocks in the West Bank. Three children were among the wounded, and the crash happened after the driver lost control when assailants hurled rocks at the car.
At least six Palestinians from the Gaza Strip were killed and 19 hurt when IDF soldiers opened fire on a crowd of protesters from Hamas and Islamic Jihad as they approached the border fence with Israel on Friday, Gaza medics said.
The incident began with some 200 Palestinians approaching the security fence in northern Gaza, closest to Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The protesters reportedly started throwing stones and rolling burning tires at Israeli security forces.
Three soldiers were also wounded on Friday in separate stone-throwing incidents in the West Bank.
Two soldiers were lightly hurt when hit by stones in the village of Nabi Salah, near Ramallah. A third also sustained light injuries when he was hit in the head by a stone during clashes near Rachel’s Tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, the Hebrew-language Walla website reported.