A wave of Arab terrorist attacks on Jews swept through Israel on the Sabbath, and soldiers arrested two Arabs who tried to infiltrate the Jewish community of Har Bracha near Shechem. They had arrived in the area on the pretense of picking olives next to the community.
Two firebomb attacks were reported in the town of Beit El, also in Samaria. Two Arab youths were arrested on Friday afternoon just outside Beit El as they prepared firebombs for throwing. A month ago, two Arabs were seriously wounded when soldiers shot them as they firebombed a Beit El neighborhood.
Three Border Police officers in eastern Jerusalem suffered light injuries in weekend battles with dozens of Arabs who attacked them in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina. IDF soldiers also were attacked while patrolling Highway 60 at Beit Omar, north of Hevron. The area is a frequent point of rock and firebomb attacks on Jewish motorists. The soldiers fired at the attackers, wounding one of them as he was hurling a large rock.
Also in Hevron over the weekend, soldiers took into custody two would-be terrorists who were carrying knives near the Jewish community and at the Cave of the Patriarchs. Arabs also burned tires near the chicken coops of Kibbutz Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. In Samaria (Shomron), Arab rock-throwers attacked Jewish motorists. No injuries were reported in these incidents.
Gaza Smuggling Tunnel Blast
In Gaza, at least one tunnel smuggler was killed when a gas canister exploded, and other smugglers in the tunnel remain missing.