Soldiers of the Etzion Regional Brigade during an operation in the Arab-occupied towns of Beit Omar and Halhul, on October 7, 2015.
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Arrests of Palestinian and Israeli Arab suspects continue daily as the attacks on Israeli Jews and others mount up, clearly escalating into what is obviously a deliberately organized, calculated Intifada Mark 3.
Israeli forces arrested 12 security suspects in eastern Jerusalem late Wednesday and early Thursday morning. Six adults and six minors were taken into custody on suspicion of disturbing public order.
A Palestinian Arab terrorist attacked a group of soldiers overnight into Thursday near Einav, a religious Zionist community located north of Jerusalem in the Samaria (Shomron) region.
The attacker, who pulled a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers, was caught and injured in the attack. Medics from the Arab Red Crescent emergency response service treated the attacker at the scene before he was taken for question to security personnel.
Earlier Wednesday night, two Israeli soldiers were hit by flying rocks while contending with a riot at the Palestinian Arab village of Beit Omar, between Kiryat Arba-Hebron and Gush Etzion.
One of the soldiers was seriously injured; the condition of the second soldier is unknown. Both were evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem.
The attack occurred while Palestinian Arabs were hurling rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and firing guns to mark the speech of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas at the United Nations General Assembly. In his speech Abbas renounced the PA’s signing of the internationally-recognized 1994 Oslo Accords, declaring the PA no longer was bound by the mandates set forth therein.
Israeli motorists driving in two separate cars came under attack Thursday (Oct. 1) by Palestinian Arab terrorists on the road near Tekoa, in eastern Gush Etzion. A woman and a six-month-old baby, were wounded in the attack. Two other children were badly traumatized and required treatment for anxiety.
Both drivers continued to navigate their vehicles until they reached the safety of Tekoa, where they were able to inspect the damage to their cars.
Tekoa residents subsequently traveled to the Arab village near their town following the attack to protest the violence near their community. Clashes broke out between IDF soldiers and Arab residents after Tekoa’s military security coordinator fired into the air to warn Palestinian Arabs who had begun to throw stones at the vehicle of one of the families from Tekoa who came to protest.
In a separate incident from the Beit Omar arrests last night, following an intelligence lead, police entered the village of Yatta near Hebron and discovered a small cache of bullets for pistols and M-16’s, M-16 weapons parts, and other battle gear.
According to the police, one suspect was arrested and brought in for interrogation to the Hebron station.
In the second such incident within 24 hours, a Palestinian Authority Arab has died after attacking IDF soldiers while they were trying to make an arrest.
According to the IDF, soldiers from the Kfir Brigade were carrying out orders in Beit Omar near Gush Etzion late Wednesday night to arrest 24-year-old Mohammed Abu Maria, a wanted PA Arab fugitive.
Abu Maria’s large extended family violently attacked the soldiers during the arrest, according to the IDF. In response, one of the soldiers fired at the legs of one of the attackers. The injured attacker was taken by Red Crescent medics to a local hospital.
As the ambulance left, a larger mob of neighboring villagers surrounded the home and attacked the IDF soldiers, hurling rocks and concrete blocks at the troops. One soldier was injured and was treated at the scene.
Another soldier provided cover fire to allow the unit to safely leave the area. In the melee, one of the violent rioters who were attacking the soldiers was shot and killed. The suspect, meanwhile, managed to escape custody.
Late Tuesday night in a similar situation, a 21-year-old terror suspect was shot during an IDF arrest operation in the Arab village of Burkina, near Jenin. He subsequently died at a hospital in Jenin.
However, the circumstances are not clear: The Border Police officer who fired at Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh was using a Ruger rifle, which fires lower impact rounds than other weapons. In addition, the officer fired at Alawneh’s legs; the hospital in Jenin that received the injured suspect claimed he was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest – and that, despite undergoing surgery.
The IDF has opened an investigation into the incident. Palestinian Authority sources are notorious for spreading disinformation, particularly when it comes to distorting facts about injuries resulting from conflicts with Israeli forces.
A total of 18 security suspects were arrested by the IDF in Judea and Samaria overnight, including two members of the Hamas terrorist organization picked up in Jenin and Qalkilya.
On Friday afternoon, dozens of Israelis protested the ongoing terrorism on road 60 near the Arab village of Beit Omar.
The road is the main highway connecting Hebron, Gush Etzion and Jerusalem. There have been a tremendous number of stone throwings and firebombs against Israeli drivers on this section of the road.
The mayor of Gush Etzion participated in the protest, which involved dancing and singing “Am Yisrael Chai”.