Palestinians hurl pipe bomb at Border Police base during West Bank riot
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Palestinians hurl pipe bomb at Border Police base during West Bank riot

Blast damages entrance gate in Abu Dis, cop hurt by stone; incident follows arrest of two Palestinians for throwing rocks at troops near Ramallah

Jacob Magid is the settlements correspondent for The Times of Israel.

A pipe bomb hurled by Palestinian rioters at a Border Police Base in the West Bank's Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem on May 9, 2018. (Border Police)
A pipe bomb hurled by Palestinian rioters at a Border Police Base in the West Bank's Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem on May 9, 2018. (Border Police)

Palestinian rioters threw a pipe bomb at the entrance gate of a Border Police base in the West Bak town of Abu Dis just outside Jerusalem, authorities said Wednesday.

Damage was caused to the gate, but no injuries were reported from the explosive. A statement from Border Police said officers were using “nonlethal measures” to disperse the dozens of demonstrators.

During the riot, authorities said one officer was moderately injured after being hit with a stone.

Troops arrested two Palestinians believed to have been responsible for hurling the rocks that injured the officer.

Pipe bombs have been frequently used by Palestinian assailants in recent months, typically to target military courts in the West Bank.

Last week, security forces arrested two Palestinians after they were caught with three pipe bombs at the entrance to the Samaria Military Court in the northern West Bank. The youths were also said to be in possession of a gas canister.

Wednesday’s incident came hours after Israeli security forces arrested two Palestinians outside the village of Beitunia southwest of Ramallah, for hurling stones at troops.

Officers arrived at the village “to open a pedestrian crossing for Palestinian farmers who cultivate land in the area,” a statement from Border Police said.

However, upon spotting the troops, residents of the village began throwing stones and attempting to damage the security fence in the area, according to authorities.

Security forces managed to apprehend two youths, who were then transferred for questioning.

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