Saturday, September 28, 2013

28-Sep-13: Clouds cont.

Palestinian Arabs expressing themselves in customary
fashion in Jerusalem on Friday [Image Source: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters]
On Friday afternoon, just as the Sabbath was about to descend onto Jerusalem, we posted here ["27-Sep-13: Clouds"] about signs of increasing violence originating with our Palestinian Arab neighbours. Friday happens to have been the anniversary of the day in 2000 on which an "Intifada" inspired by the now-deceased arch-terrorist Arafat erupted in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

Here's how the rest of Friday developed.

Adiv Sterman writing ["Six Israelis injured in clashes in Jerusalem and West Bank, hours after terror groups call for third uprising"] in Times of Israel on Friday, says "violent demonstrations flared up Friday in several locations throughout Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip" hours after exhortations from Hamas and Islamic Jihad spokespersons calling for a "Third Intifada" against Israel. The results included multiple Israeli injuries.
  • In Jerusalem, three Israeli border policemen were lightly injured by young Palestinian stone throwers during a protest near the Old City’s Damascus Gate. Thirteen Palestinians were arrested over the disturbances.
  • IDF soldiers dispersed a demonstration outside the Ofer Prison near Ramallah according to the Ma’an News Agency which said the Palestinians threw rocks and burned tires outside the facility and the IDF responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. 
  • Another policeman was injured by stones during clashes in the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat. Four Palestinians were arrested in relation to that incident.
  • 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.
  • Dozens of Palestinians in Hebron pelted a military checkpoint with stones and lit nearby garbage canisters on fire. The IDF responded by firing rubber bullets at the protesters. At least four Palestinians were lightly injured by IDF bullets, the Associated Press reported.
  • 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 detained two Palestinians carrying fire bombs near Bethlehem. (From Israel National News, we know that about a hundred Palestinian Arabs rioted next to Rachel's Tomb, situated on Israel's southern flank and abutting Bethlehem. They threw rocks at Israeli security forces.)
  • In northern Gaza, the IDF dispersed a demonstration of Palestinians who were marching toward the Israeli border fence, reported AP. The army said troops fired tear gas to break up the crowd of around 300 protesters.
Though the Times of Israel account does not mention this, the Palestinians hurled firebombs as well as rocks according to the NY Times report on Friday's Arab violence ["Israel: Violent Intifada Anniversary"].

During Friday night, terrorist forces fired a rocket into southern Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. It landed in an open area of the Hof Ashkelon region, according to the IDF spokesman's office (quoted by the Jerusalem Post). No injuries or damage were reported in the attack. The Tzeva Adom incoming missile alert system was heard by residents in the area, followed shortly afterwards by the sound of a blast.

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