Daily Israel Report

Tourist Wounded in Samaria PA Arab Rock Attack

A tourist was wounded Monday in an Arab rock attack while traveling through Samaria. She was evacuated to a Tel Aviv hospital.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 11/7/2011, 5:21 PM / Last Update: 11/7/2011, 7:45 PM

Rock attacks are continuing by Palestinian Authority Arabs hurling the sharp-edged projectiles at motorists traveling along roads in Judea and Samaria.

On Monday, a 63-year-old tourist was slightly wounded when her car came under attack by a group of PA Arabs hurling rocks in Samaria.

The victim was treated at the scene and then evacuated by first responders to the Chaim Sheba Hospital at Tel HaShomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv. IDF soldiers meanwhile began searching the area for the attackers, who had made their escape before security forces began to arrive.

PA Arab terrorists also hurled firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at IDF soldiers Monday evening as they were patrolling near the budding Judean community of Negahot, in the southern Hevron Hills. No one was injured and no damage was reported. The soldiers launched a search for the attackers.

Rock and firebomb attacks on Israeli motorists and IDF soldiers have intensified over the past several months.

An Israeli man was wounded Sunday morning in a firebomb attack after being targeted by PA Arabs as he drove near the Samaria Jewish town of Karnei Shomron. The victim was treated at the scene.

A second firebomb attack was launched on an Israeli bus near Shechem later in the day as well. None of the passengers were physically injured, although the vehicle was damaged.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak earlier this year ordered the reopening of the old Route 60 against the appeals and advice of the Jews living in the area, who warned the move would result in an increase in traffic terror attacks.

The road, which separates the Jewish community of Beit El, located in the Binyamin region, from the PA Arab village of Jilazoun, had been closed since the start of the Second Intifada nearly 11 years ago.

Further south, some 30 rioting PA Arabs attacked IDF soldiers on patrol Sunday afternoon next to the Judean village of El Aroub, also located along Route 60. The Arabs hurled rocks at the soldiers, who responded with riot control measures.