Palestinian shot throwing Molotov cocktail at troops — IDF
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Palestinian shot throwing Molotov cocktail at troops — IDF

No Israeli soldiers injured in firebombing outside Ramallah; in Jerusalem, police arrest Arab man with a knife

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative photo of a Palestinian hurling a Molotov cocktail toward Israeli security forces during clashes, near the city of Hebron, in the West Bank, on October 11, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
Illustrative photo of a Palestinian hurling a Molotov cocktail toward Israeli security forces during clashes, near the city of Hebron, in the West Bank, on October 11, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian man as he threw a Molotov cocktail at their position outside Ramallah on Thursday, the army said.

The troops had been guarding in Birzeit, north of Ramallah, when the assailant hurled the firebomb at them, an Israel Defense Spokesperson said.

“Responding to the threat, forces fired toward the attacker,” the army said.

No Israeli troops were injured in the incident.

A knife found in the coat of an East Jerusalem man on November 10, 2016 (Israel Police)
A knife found in the coat of an East Jerusalem man on November 10, 2016 (Israel Police)

The Palestinian man was shot in the leg, according to Palestinian media. He received medical treatment and was taken into custody, the army said.

According to the Ma’an news outlet, he had been part of a group of Palestinian students demonstrating to mark the 12th anniversary of Palestinian Authority president Yasser Arafat’s death.

Around the same time, in Jerusalem, security guards apprehended an Arab man who was carrying a knife at a light rail station, the police said.

The guards at the French Hill rail station noticed the man, who “aroused their suspicion.” They, along with police officers who were at the scene, searched the suspect and found a large, wood-handled knife in his coat, police said.

The suspect is 28 years old and is a resident of East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp. He was taken to a police station in the center of Jerusalem for interrogation, the police said.

“The motive is being investigated,” a police spokesperson added.

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