Dozens of Palestinian rioters on Saturday hurled stones at IDF soldiers near the central West Bank village of Kobar, home to the terrorist who stabbed three Israelis to death a day earlier in the settlement of Halamish, close to the city of Ramallah.
The soldiers responded to the violent protests with riot dispersal means. There were no immediate reports of injuries
Earlier Saturday, the IDF raided the home of the Palestinian terrorist who murdered the three Halamish family members, and arrested his brother. Troops were searching the village of Kobar for weaponry and suspects.
They also mapped the family home of 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, in preparation for its likely demolition. An army official told Ynet the terrorist’s parents were known to be affiliated with the Hamas terror group. Hamas hailed the attack late Friday as “heroic.”
Security forces have enacted a closure on Abed’s village, and only humanitarian cases were being allowed through as the operations inside continued.
Abed’s brother Monir, 21, was arrested. Officials said they suspected Monir aided his brother in carrying out the attack. Security forces said they were looking for any additional suspects in the Halamish attack.
Also Saturday, the army said shots were fired overnight at a synagogue in the settlement of Avnei Hefetz in Samaria, west of Tulkarm. Residents reported hearing gunfire overnight. A search conducted in the morning revealed a bullet hole in a wall of the synagogue. The military was investigating.
The army also said it would further boost forces in the West Bank, in addition to the reinforcements already provided due to tensions surrounding new Temple Mount security checks.
The attack came after a day of heavy clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in and around Jerusalem over new security measures at the sensitive site. Palestinians said three people between the ages of 17 and 20 were shot dead during Friday’s clashes. The Palestinian Red Crescent reported 450 people wounded in Jerusalem and the West Bank, including 170 from live or rubber bullets.
Tensions have risen throughout the past week in the wake of the new Israeli measures, which were introduced at the Temple Mount following a terror attack by three Israeli Arabs who shot dead two Israeli police officers on July 14 using weapons they had smuggled into the holy site.
On Thursday, police released video footage of the weapons being smuggled into the holy site.
Muslim leaders say the metal detectors mark a change to the status quo at the site. Israel says the July 14 attack showed an imperative for reinforced security measures.