Daily Israel Report

PA Arab Terrorists Attack Motorists in Samaria

PA Arab terrorists continued their attacks Sunday on Israeli motorists traveling through Judea and Samaria, wounding two people.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 11/6/2011, 1:41 PM / Last Update: 11/6/2011, 2:28 PM

Rock throwing by PA Arabs
Rock throwing by PA Arabs
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PA terrorists attacked Israeli motorists Sunday morning in Samaria with rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

On Sunday morning, two such attacks resulted in injuries to two people traveling on roads in Samaria, and one resulted in damage to a bus.

In one attack, Arab rioters hurled sharp-edged rocks at vehicles with Israeli license plates as they passed near the Tzufim checkpoint. One passenger was physically injured and received treatment at the scene by rescue workers.

IDF troops immediately set out to search for the attackers.

In the second incident, Arabs near the village of Azzoun hurled a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at a vehicle with Israeli license plates. The driver was wounded in this second attack as well. He received first aid at the scene from IDF soldiers, while additional troops searched for the attackers.

A third attack rattled passengers on an Israeli bus traveling near the Samaria city of Shechem, but left no physical injuries. It did, however, cause damage to the bus. As with the other incidents, IDF soldiers were informed of what happened and set out to search for the attackers.

Attacks by PA Arabs hurling grapefruit-sized rocks and firebombs have often caused serious injury and damage.

In some cases, the attacks have actually succeeded in causing the deaths they clearly intended by smashing the windshield and causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle.

Rock attacks have become more frequent in recent months, noted Kiryat Arba Council head Malachi Levinger in September, and “pose a threat to human life.” 

The most recent such case involved the murder of Asher Palmer and his baby son Yehonatan in September on Highway 60 near Hevron, in Judea.

A similar rock attack had occurred just a week earlier, when an Arab in a taxicab hurled a four pound rock at a passing Israeli vehicle. The rock landed on the road several inches ahead of the car.