IDF officer moderately wounded in Hebron violence
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Soldier hit in neck by marble fired from slingshot

IDF officer moderately wounded in Hebron violence

Spate of rocket-throwing attacks throughout West Bank and Jerusalem Saturday as police reserve mobilized

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on October 7, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)
A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank town of Hebron on October 7, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader)

An IDF officer was moderately wounded late Saturday after being hit by a marble shot by a slingshot-armed Palestinian protester outside the southern West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba outside Hebron.

The soldier was hit in the neck, according to medics.

He was evacuated to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.

Palestinian protesters threw rocks, rolled burning tires and fired marbles at IDF troops in and around Hebron amid escalating violence throughout the West Bank.

Earlier in the day, an Israeli teenager was lightly injured in a separate Palestinian stone-throwing attack in Kiryat Arba. The 14-year-old was treated by paramedics at the scene before being evacuated to hospital, Magen David Adom said.

An Israeli man was lightly injured in a rock-throwing attack while driving near the Jewish settlement of Efrat south of Jerusalem. The man’s car came under a hail of stones but he kept driving until he reached a military checkpoint.

Also Saturday, a Palestinian gunman shot at a group of Israeli soldiers in the South Hebron hills. The troops fired back, injuring the gunman in the leg, according to the IDF.

There were no reports of injuries among the soldiers.

A Jerusalem bus driver was lightly injured Saturday midday from rocks thrown on Shmuel Hanavi street in the capital. The bus sustained some damage.

As violence continues to escalate, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered a massive mobilization of reserve Border Police forces. A total of 16 additional companies were ordered called up on Saturday, three in the morning and 13 more by evening, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The three companies called up earlier were of Border Police reservists who will be deployed mostly in and around Jerusalem starting Sunday, Ynet reported.

In addition to the capital, troops will be deployed along major highways and mixed Israeli Arab cities where residents have clashed with police in recent days.

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