A Border Police officer sustained light head injuries Friday during clashes in Jerusalem, while in the West Bank, an Israeli woman and her daughter were lightly hurt when their car was pelted by stones.
The policeman was taken to Hadassah Medical Center in Ein Kerem after an attack by stone throwers near the Lions’ Gate in the Old City, the Hebrew-language Walla website reported.
The woman and her daughter were attacked by Palestinians throwing stones near the settlement of Migdalim, in the Nablus area. The two drove on toward the settlement of Ma’aleh Ephraim and their attackers fled, Channel 2 television reported.
Later Friday, firebombs were hurled at Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus. There were no injuries or damage caused, Israeli news website Ynet said. Border Police and police forces fired at the legs of one of the rioters who approached them with a firebomb, Ynet said. The man fled and the forces were conducting searches for him.
In the Old City, security forces clashed with Palestinian protesters prevented from entering the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount to attend Friday prayers. Israel on Sunday imposed an open-ended ban on men under the age of 50 from entering the Temple Mount, after images emerged of protesters planning for more violence by stockpiling rocks inside the mosque.
Also Friday, some 200 Palestinians rioted near Rachel’s tomb, at the entrance to the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Channel 2 said. The rioters threw stones and firebombs and set fire to tires. In Hebron, Palestinian rioters also threw burning tires. There were no injuries reported.
Police on Friday morning arrested a 25-year-old man from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for trying to attack a Border Police force in the area of the Old City. The man was caught on security camera as he hurled Molotov cocktails at the police, Channel 2 said. There were no injuries in the incident. The man told security forces during questioning that he was trying to hurt Jews and police.
The renewed violence came as Eitam and Naama Henkin were buried in Jerusalem, a day after their car was ambushed by two Palestinian gunmen. Both were shot multiple times in their upper bodies, paramedics said, and were pronounced dead at the scene. Their four young children, who were in the car with them, were unharmed.