Border Police officers came under attack by Arab rioters in Hawara, near Shechem, in Shomron Friday. Initial reports indicate that the rioters hurled rocks and fired fireworks at the Border Police at close range. The policemen fired at the rioters, apparently killing two.
A short time later, two Jews – a woman aged about 50 and a man – driving through Hawara were blocked by dozens of Arab attackers, who hurled rocks and iron bars at them. The two fired in the air and scared off the attackers. They escaped unharmed.
Gershon Mesika, Head of the Shomron Regional Council. Said after the event: “A tragedy was fortunately averted in Samaria, thanks to the resourcefulness of a mother of 10, aged about 50, and another resident, when hundreds of Arabs who left the mosques were about to lynch them.”
In another confrontation that took place in the Etzion Bloc, two Arab rioters were killed.
According to AFP, Palestinian security sources said that 46-year-old Hashem Abu Marieh and 30-year-old Sultan Yusef were killed in the Palestinian Arab village of Beit Ummar near Hevron.
There were also confrontations between police and Arabs in Wadi Joz, in Jerusalem. The rioters threw rocks and set trash receptacles on fire. Two policemen were lightly hurt and one rioter was arrested.