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October 27, 2016 / 25 Tishri, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Highway 60’

IDF Soldier Wounded in Beit Omar Attack Near Hebron

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

An Israeli soldier was wounded Thursday in an Arab terror attack near an IDF “pillbox” (military outpost) situated along Highway 60 in the Palestinian Authority Arab village of Beit Omar.

The village is located a few minutes south of the Gush Etzion junction, and about ten minutes’ drive north of Kiryat Arba and Hebron. It’s known as a hot spot for trouble, and a terrorist stronghold in Judea.

An IDF unit came under a hail of stones from Arab terrorists during the attack, with one of the soldiers suffering a slight head wound. The Israeli forces responded with routine mob dispersal methods, identifying and aiming at the terrorist who threw the rock at the soldier.

The soldier was treated at the scene by IDF medics. Arab Red Crescent emergency response medics were allowed to treat and transport the terrorist for further care.

Palestinian Authority sources later reported that the terrorist allegedly died of his wounds.

Hana Levi Julian

Gush Etzion Holiday Traffic Slowed Down by Security

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Traffic throughout Israel on the first intermediate (Chol HaMoed) day of the Jewish Festival of Sukkot was complicated Tuesday by constant stoning attacks from Arab terrorists intent on killing Israeli motorists.

The terrorists failed in their mission, but they slowed down the traffic.

In the Gush Etzion section of Judea, Route 374 was narrowed down to a single lane in which traffic was allowed to flow in one direction only, alternately, in order to maintain tight control on the security situation at the Husan bypass around Beitar and the underpass near the El Khader junction.

Traffic was reported heavy in both directions in the late afternoon hours, but no injuries were reported by nightfall.

Reports earlier in the day indicated that at least 40,000 people had flocked to the nation’s public parks and nature reserves to celebrate the holiday, the beautiful weather and the glorious day.

Hana Levi Julian

1 Wounded in Stoning Attack on Israeli Bus in Judea

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Arab terrorists in the Palestinian Authority-controlled area of Judea hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling along Highway 60 Sunday evening near the city of Halhul, just north of Hebron and Kiryat Arba.

At least one passenger was physically injured by shattering glass, when one of the rocks broke a window.

Israeli security forces set out to search for the perpetrators.

Hana Levi Julian

‘Freedom March’ Spells Pre-Shabbat Nightmare for Gush Etzion Jews

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A group called Combatants for Peace, in cooperation with the “Standing Together” initiative (not this Standing Together, but a different group which is occupying the same name), plans to gather hundreds of Jews and Arabs to “demonstrate together at the Freedom March on Friday, September 2, at 1:30 PM, by the tunnel checkpoint” in Gush Etzion, to protest Israeli administrative detentions without trial and in solidarity with hunger strikers (suspected terrorists and affiliates).

The Freedom March will begin at the Battir village roundabout adjacent to Route 60, and proceed to the tunnel checkpoint “separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem”.

Their press release wasn’t accurate, as the tunnel checkpoint separates Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, whereas Bethlehem is separated from Jerusalem at the checkpoint on Derech Hebron in Jerusalem at the turnoff to Rachel’s Tomb.

The section of Route 60 known as the Tunnel Road, built by Israel, is a stretch of a little under 1.5 miles, the road crosses the Refa’im range and the Beit Gilo range in two tunnels, one 300 yards, the other 1,000 yards, connected with a large bridge over the Gilo River valley.

Israel began building the bridge and tunnels in 1992 and the stretch was inaugurated on September 2, 1996. There’s a 20 year anniversary coming up in a few days.

It is now the main highway that connects Jerusalem and western Gush Etzion, and was built, in part, to relieve the pressure from the old, scenic Walleja road which wasn’t designed for the volume of traffic that exists in Gush Etzion, and as one of the bypass roads that were built after the Oslo accords were signed.

The unique stretch of this tunnel road allows a few dozen (the organizers will never attract hundreds) protesters to block traffic travelling between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion on Erev Shabbat, as they did back in July, when a group of “former” Arab terrorists and their leftwing Israeli enablers held a protest and for a short time blocked Highway 60, holding up signs saying “The wall is violent,” which, by the way, the year 2006 called and wanted back.

The problem is that these protests are done with approval from the IDF, and so, as long as the protesters are not using violence and stay on the side of the road (which they obviously didn’t do last time) no one cares. But when they block the road, motorists are forced to stay in their cars in an ever burgeoning traffic jam, and wait for someone in authority to come open up the highway.

With Shabbat candle lighting time starting to drop below 7 PM, in a few weeks such protests could pose an enormous inconvenience for hundreds, if not thousands of local residents and visitors.

JewishPress.com inquired with the organizers via email if they invited participants from Judea and Samaria who have protested against administrative detentions and restraining orders against Jews. They responded that “anyone who supports human rights and an end to the occupation is more than welcome.”

So much for cooperation and intersectionality between the downtrodden.

So, if you live in Gush Etzion and plan a trip to Jerusalem Friday — maybe you should stay home and clean up before Shabbat.

David Israel

More Arab Stone Throwing in Gush Etzion

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Arabs threw stones at cars driving near the Hussan Bypass on Sunday morning. This is the main road between Highway 60 and Beitar Ilit in Gush Etzion.

Unlike last night’s attack, no one was injured and no damage was done.

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Hamas Terror Cell that Murdered Rabbi Mark Blown Up with Rockets [video]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Now it can be revealed that a collaboration of Shabak, the IDF and Israel Police has exposed over the past few weeks a Hamas terror infrastructure that, among other things, carried out the Highway 60 murder of Rabbi Michael Mark Z”L and injured his family members on July 1, 2016 near the community of Otniel in Judea and Samaria. An overnight raid Tuesday that followed a lengthy manhunt resulted in the killing of the Mark murder perpetrator Mohammed Fakieh.

The arrest raid in the village of Tzurif near Hebron picked up Mohammed Ah Magid Amaira, who carried out the attack with Fakieh, and several other cell members, including several relatives, who provided support to the cell, including giving Fakieh et al shelter during the manhunt.

The driver of the terror cell who drove the car in the attack is a Palestinian Authority policeman.

The raid of the safe house where Fakieh was hiding was carried out by the IDF Etzion Division, as well as Shabak and Police. The terrorist opened fire on the force as it drew near, and in response the force shot several anti-tank rockets at the structure where he was hiding, then demolished the house using heavy machinery and killed the terrorist. They found a Kalashnikov sub-machine gun and an improvised grenade near the body.

An Arab woman who was injured during the raid was evacuated to hospital.

During the raid, a high power line near Tzurif was damaged which supplies electricity to the Gush Etzion area, and specifically to the regional water pumps. As a result, the Gush Etzion and Efrat water tanks are low, and residents have been asked to minimize their use of water until the electric company can fix the line.

David Israel

3 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Vehicle Terror Attack Near Neve Daniel on Hwy 60

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

An Arab terrorist is believed to have carried out a vehicle ramming attack against IDF soldiers early Wednesday evening as they were traveling in a military vehicle on Highway 60 in Judea, near the Jewish community of Neve Daniel.

The site is about eight minutes’ drive south of Jerusalem. The Arab driver crashed his vehicle head-on into the IDF vehicle.

The terrorist sustained a serious head injury, according to military sources quoted by international media.

Three IDF soldiers, all age 20, were wounded in the attack. One suffered chest and limb wounds and is in serious condition; two others sustained broken bones and other injuries to their limbs. The latter two are in fair condition. All were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Security personnel and IDF soldiers closed down the highway and set up road blocks and launched a search of the area for any accomplices.

This was the second travel attack perpetrated by Arabs on Wednesday.

Rocks were thrown by Arab terrorists at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it made its way through the capital. It’s not the first time the railway has been targeted by terrorists.

The first car on the train was damaged but no one was physically injured. Police are searching for the terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

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