An Israeli Border Police officer was moderately injured Sunday afternoon in Bethlehem by a stone thrown by Palestinian protesters that struck him in the head. A second officer suffered light injuries in the same incident. They were evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem for treatment.
The clash occurred near the Tomb of Rachel, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Palestinians at the scene pelted security officers with stones, after they entered the Aida refugee camp, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency.
The soldiers raided several homes in the camp and commandeered the houses. A Palestinian was injured when struck in the head by a rubber bullet fired by Israeli troops during the clash, Ma’an reported.
Tensions in the West Bank ramped up over the weekend after a wanted Hamas man was killed during a nighttime raid in a Jenin refugee camp. Camp members rioted following the raid, and two more were killed.
Near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, an Israeli settler was assaulted after entering a Palestinian village on Sunday.
Palestinian security officials handed the settler, who entered the village of Burqa, over to the IDF. Ma’an reported that dozens of local children beat up the Israeli man before adults intervened and contacted the Palestinian liaison officer.
According to Israel Radio, approximately 40 settlers visited the site of the former settlement of Homesh, and when Palestinian security arrived, they fled the scene. Authorities were searching for other settlers who may have fled into the adjacent village of Burqa.