An Israeli woman was injured on Wednesday morning when Palestinians threw rocks at vehicles in the West Bank and allegedly tried to pull her out of her car.
Seven Israeli vehicles were damaged by rock-throwing Palestinians near Beit Sahour, on the road from Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Tekoa.
Witnesses said that a mob opened the door of the woman’s car when it came to stop and tried to pull her out. She was kicked multiple times, and was lightly wounded. The car’s front windshield was smashed.
The woman, 38, was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics near the scene of the attack and then evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further medical attention, MDA said.
Josh Hasten, a resident of the nearby settlement of Elazar, was among those attacked by rock throwers on the Tekoa-Jerusalem road Wednesday morning.
“As I slowed down, I saw a mob of 40 to 50 masked Palestinians on the side of the road. They were holding rocks and cinder blocks,” Hasten told The Times of Israel. “As they approached my car, I took out my gun and fired one round in the air. The shot obviously scared them and they ran up the hill away from the road.”
He added, “I have no doubt that I would be dead now if I hadn’t used my gun. They were going to kill me.”
The Tekoa-Jerusalem road has seen a spate of attacks against Israeli vehicles in recent weeks, amid escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, where Palestinian attacks have killed four Israelis in the past week.
Four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, including two men who had stabbed Israelis in Jerusalem.
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In East Jerusalem overnight Tuesday, police uncovered 15 Molotov cocktails ready for use on the roof of a house in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur.
The discovery came the day after police found firebombs on the roof of a mosque in the same area.
Police arrested seven East Jerusalem Palestinians overnight on suspicion of involvement in rioting and attacks against Israelis.
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Police were also looking into reports that Molotov cocktails were thrown at a car on Route 6, Israel’s major north-south artery overnight Tuesday.
The firebombs were reportedly thrown near the Arab town of Tira, apparently hitting the road without causing injury or damage.
Roee Zamir, an Israeli man, posted on his Facebook page that while he was riding in a car on Route 6, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the vehicle. Zamir said he reported the incident to police, who took half an hour to respond and then searched on the wrong side of the highway for traces of the incendiary devices.
Earlier Tuesday night, six police officers were lightly wounded when a demonstration by Arab residents of Jaffa turned into a violent riot. Two were taken to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital for treatment.
In the main square of the Jewish-Arab city, local Arab residents waved Palestinian flags and chanted, “In spirit and in blood, we will redeem al-Aqsa mosque.”
Israeli media reports said the protesters were members of the hardline northern branch of Israel’s Islamic Movement.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.