IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported many of the estimated 16,000 demonstrators attending Friday’s riots were burning tires on Israel’s border; many others were hurling Molotov cocktails, hand grenades and stones at the Israeli soldiers.
– IAF jets hit 3 Hamas posts in northern Gaza.
By Matan Tzuri & Elior Levy
Four Palestinians in their 20s were shot dead Friday during the weekly Hamas-led Gaza border riots, despite earlier report by the The Al-Hayat newspaper, according to which Israel and Hamas managed to reach understandings regarding a long-term ceasefire arrangement, which would see the lifting of the Gaza blockade in exchange for complete cessation of border violence. Continue Reading »
United Nations transfers 10 of its int’l [non-Palestinian] employees of UNRWA to Israel on Monday, to protect them from Gaza’s local staff [terrorists?] following threats and violent acts of harassment, since US fund cuts have led to subsequent layoff plans.
By Elior Levy
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) had evacuated 10 of its international senior employees from Gaza to Israel on Monday, after they were threatened and harassed by UNRWA’s disgruntled local Palestinian staff following the agency’s announcement to cut more than 250 jobs.
Erez Crossing into Gaza – Wikimedia Commons
The agency’s senior officials were rescued and transferred to Israeli territory via the Erez crossing—which remained closed throughout the Jewish holidays but was re-opened by the Israeli security officials following an official request from UNRWA. Continue Reading »
After 41 hurt in overnight riots, Israel Police deployed to Abu Snan to prevent further violence in wake of disagreement at local high-school and then further ‘disagreements’ expressed online.
By Hassan Shaalan
Tensions continued to mount Saturday evening in the village of Abu Snan a mere day after 41 Israelis were hurt in heavy clashes between Druze and Muslims Arabs. Police forces have deployed to the area fearing another flare-up in riots sparked by a dispute between local students.
Muslim, Druze confrontations in Abu Snan
Residents said that in midweek two Muslim students entered the Abu Snan high school wearing kaffiyehs and were confronted by two Druze students who asked them to remove the scarves. Continue Reading »
IDF Legal Advisor for Judea & Samaria issued orders allowing the use of live fire at the fireworks handler in life-threatening situations.
The Legal Advisor for the IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division, Colonel Doron Ben Barak, has given soldiers permission to use live fire against rioters who attack them with fireworks, if the fireworks endanger their lives.
“There are circumstances in which aiming a firework directly at a soldier from close range may create a real and immediate danger to his life, efficient defense against which may certainly require opening live fire against the person who fired the fireworks,” determined the advisor. Continue Reading »
At least 6 wounded, including baby, in Arab rock attacks as police battle rioters in the Galilee, Samaria & Jerusalem.
By Ido Ben-Porat
A three-year-old baby boy was among several Israelis injured Saturday evening in a string of rock attacks by Arabs. The baby was taken to hospital with “light” wounds when the car he was traveling in was targeted by rock-throwing Palestinians close to Shiloh Junction in southern Samaria’s Binyamin region.
Magen David Adom medics provided first aid treatment to the infant, who suffered from a head wound, before evacuating him to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.
Arab extremists have stepped up a campaign of rock-attacks against Israeli motorists Saturday night. Continue Reading »