Photo Credit: courtesy, Israel Police
Israeli Border Guard Police in the Palestinian Authority community of Aida, near Rachel's Tomb on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem, Dec. 5, 2022

Two Israeli Border Guard Police officers were hurt Monday evening in a terrorist bombing attack near Rachel’s Tomb, on the southern outskirts of Jerusalem.

Some 40 rioters blocked the roads and hurled rocks, high-powered marbles and an improvised explosive device (IED) at police officers operating in the Palestinian Authority community of Aida near Bethlehem and Rachel’s Tomb, according to the Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit.


One of the injured officers was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The second was treated at the scene.

“Border Guard fighters responded [to the riots] with standard dispersal methods, including shooting,” police said.

“The soldiers of the Border Guard in the Jerusalem region will continue to act with determination and force against violators of the public order. Arrests are also expected in the future,” the statement added.

Clashes were reported outside Rachel’s Tomb following the attack.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.