Israeli bus driver lightly injured in West Bank rock-throwing
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Israeli bus driver lightly injured in West Bank rock-throwing

Man hit by glass shards when vehicle is attacked near settlement of Beitar Illit; is taken to hospital by paramedics

Construction in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Beitar Illit, with the Arab village of Wadi Fukin in the foreground, on June 17, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
Construction in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Beitar Illit, with the Arab village of Wadi Fukin in the foreground, on June 17, 2015. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

An Israeli bus driver was lightly injured Monday night when rocks were hurled at his vehicle near the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, west of Bethlehem.

The man, around 35 years old, was hit in the face by broken glass shards, and received bruises to his back as well.

Magen David Adom paramedics who arrived at the scene took the man to a Jerusalem hospital to receive further treatment.

The rock-thrower has not been caught.

Recent days have seen several attacks and violent incidents in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

On Saturday a 25-year-old Palestinian was caught in Jerusalem’s Old City with a knife concealed in his clothes, and security forces said he had intended to carry out an attack in the Temple Mount area. The man, a resident of Nablus, told police who questioned him that he wanted to be “a martyr,” according to reports.

Meanwhile 15 Palestinians were reported injured in clashes with Israeli security forces in the Jalazoun refugee camp northeast of the West Bank city of Ramallah Saturday evening. Reports in Palestinian media said one of the wounded protesters was critically injured after being shot in the head.

Earlier on Saturday, a Palestinian man armed with a knife stabbed and lightly wounded a Border Police officer in a settlement north of Jerusalem. The attack took place as police were opening an access road running along the security fence between Israel and the West Bank, close to Har Adar — about 10 km (6 miles) from Jerusalem.

Last Sunday two Israelis were killed in a terrorist attack in the Ammunition Hill area of Jerusalem. Five people were injured in the attack. The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces.

Sunday’s attack broke a spell of calm in the capital that followed a months-long wave of violence last autumn and winter that included several attacks near Ammunition Hill.

Officials had feared a return to stabbing, shooting and car-ramming attacks with the onset of the fall holiday season, when religious tensions often spike.

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