Daily Israel Report

Arab Rioting in Judea, Samaria Continues; Nine Arrested

Unrest still snowballing behind 1949 Armistice lines, as police rush to apprehend violent Arab rioting.
By Netanel Katz, Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 7/24/2014, 9:56 AM

Rioters burn tires during clashes with IDF near Ramallah
Rioters burn tires during clashes with IDF near Ramallah
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Rioting and unrest continue in Judea and Samaria for a fourth week on Thursday, as Operation Protective Edge in Gaza embarks on its seventeenth day. 

Hundreds of Arabs rioted overnight in five locations throughout the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Judea-Samaria: Beit Ummar, Abu Dis, Rachel's Tomb (Bethlehem), Husan, and Clock Square in Binyamin. 

The rioters threw rocks, Molotov cocktails, and burning tires at security forces, who were dispatched to disperse the crowd with riot control measures. 

An incident also broke out near Kfar Tel, a village near Shavei Shomron, on Wednesday night. Palestinian Arab rioters attacked a reserve soldier there overnight; he suffered head injuries and was treated in local medical facilities. 

Meanwhile, IDF forces arrested nine wanted terrorists in the PA overnight, two of whom have been confirmed as Hamas operatives. All were interrogated by security forces. 

Rioting and unrest exploded in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and the "triangle" area in northern Israel several weeks ago, in response to the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khder, who was found burnt to death in the Jerusalem Forest.

Unrest has only metastasized since the launch of Israel's self-defense operation against Hamas's constant barrage of rocket fire on Israeli civilians.

Hundreds rioted in Ramallah in support of the rioting on Monday - just one day after a "Day of Rage" in Yafo and Nazareth, where violent clashes broke between Arab rioters and Israeli police as demonstrators screamed anti-Israel slogans and waved PLO flags.