Arab Mob Hurls Rocks at Beit El, IDF's Hands Tied

At least 70 Arabs storm the community, hurl rocks at children - but the IDF tells residents they are bound by the rules of engagement.

Yishai Karov,

Arab rock throwing terrorists (file)
Arab rock throwing terrorists (file)
Issam RImawi/Flash 90

At least 70 Palestinian Arabs from the Jalazun village approached Beit El on Friday evening, locals stated Saturday night, and began throwing rocks at IDF soldiers stationed nearby, Border Police officers who arrived at the scene, and Jewish homes in the community. 

Several of the rocks hit the yard of the Koren family as the children were playing outside, a representative told Arutz Sheva - "and, by a miracle, no one was hurt." 

One rock caused "thousands of shekels" of damage to a shed on the property, however, which was filled with medical equipment. 

Security forces responded with riot control measures; six terrorists were injured in the attack. Just two rioters were arrested and taken into police custody for questioning. 

"The soldiers told us the rules of engagement means their hands are tied," the Koren family representative said. "They don't have the authority to shoot [at the rioters] despite the rocks being hurled at the community." 

He added that the same scenario plays out every Friday.

"We expect the brigade commander and army to provide security to the residents," he added. "We spoke with the brigade commander in the past and we are waiting for clear answers from him."




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