Arab stoning attacks are on the increase, in light of Israel's counter-terrorism offensive in Gaza: An eight-month old baby from the Gush Etzion area, traveling in her family car on Sunday afternoon, is listed in moderate condition in a Jerusalem hospital. She was hurt by Arab-thrown rocks north-east of Hevron.
Shortly before that, a 1-year-old baby boy was lightly wounded by glass shards in a similar stoning attack. He was taken to Kiryat Arba for treatment.
Following the two injuries, the Jewish residents were further penalized when the army ordered closed the road between Hevron and Gush Etzion.
Arab stoning attacks have increased ever since Operation Cast Lead began in Gaza over the Sabbath. The major rioting of Saturday has calmed down, but sporadic rock attacks have continued. In Jerusalem, four Border Guard policemen were injured in a stoning attack on Sunday morning, while Israeli-Arabs damaged at least two cars with rocks in the Galilee later in the afternoon. Also on Sunday, a car windshield was smashed by an Arab-dropped boulder near Zikhron Yaakov, and rock attacks were reported near Patzael in the Jordan Valley.