Six Israelis injured in clashes throughout Jerusalem and the West Bank, hours after terror groups call for third uprising
Hours after Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials exhorted Palestinians to declare a Third Intifada against Israel, violent demonstrations flared up Friday in several locations throughout Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, resulting in multiple Israeli injuries.
Friday marked the 13th anniversary of the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Another policeman was injured by stones during clashes in the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat. Four Palestinians were arrested in relation to the incident.
Also Friday, an IDF soldier was lightly wounded by a stone hurled at him near the village of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron. The soldier was treated by a military medical team at the spot and did not require additional medical assistance.
Later, stone throwers targeted an Israeli vehicle near the West Bank village of Ni’lin, outside Ramallah. One Israeli citizen was injured. He was taken to Tel Hashomer hospital and treated for minor wounds.
The IDF also reported that it had detained two Palestinians carrying fire bombs near Bethlehem.
In northern Gaza, the IDF dispersed a demonstration of Palestinians who were marching toward the Israeli border fence. The army said troops fired tear gas to break up the crowd of around 300 protesters.
Israel, which withdrew from Gaza in 2005, considers the Hamas-run territory to be a hostile entity. It has carried out two large military operations there in response to terrorist rocket attacks in recent years. The border area has relatively quiet save for sporadic rocket fire since a weeklong Israeli military offensive last November.