Terrorist Infiltration Foiled as Increasing PA Attacks Continue

A varied series of attacks by Palestinian Authority terrorists late on Sunday led to light injuries and caused extensive damage.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz ,

PA terrorists in the field
PA terrorists in the field
file photo

A series of attacks by Palestinian Authority terrorists late in the day on Sunday led to light injuries and caused extensive damage. The Sunday incidents continued a recent upswing in the number of attacks by PA militias and their affiliates.
Soldiers noticed an armed terrorist near the community's perimeter fence.

Alert IDF soldiers stationed near the entrance to Shavei Shomron, a Jewish town in Samaria, managed to thwart an attempted terrorist attack on Sunday night. The soldiers spotted an armed person near the community's perimeter fence and called on him to stop. In response, the Arab terrorist opened fire on the IDF troops, who returned fire. The would-be infiltrator managed to escape, and security services initiated a search of the area. No injuries were reported in the incident.

In another Sunday night incident, two Israeli motorists were lightly injured when their vehicle overturned after hitting an obstruction deliberately placed in their path. The cause of the accident, a line of rocks laid across the road, was apparently the work of Arabs from the area of the PA village of Marda, near the city of Ariel. In a separate incident nearby shortly afterwards, PA terrorists threw firebombs at a bus. No injuries were reported in the latter attack.

Earlier in the evening, PA terrorists in Gaza launched a rocket that landed north of Sderot, in the western Negev region. They also fired a mortar shell that exploded near the Negev kibbutz community of Nahal Oz. A third rocket was fired at Sderot later on Sunday night. There were no reports of casualties or damage in the three attacks.

Residents of the Jewish town of Yitzhar, near Shechem, said Sunday that Arab arsonists set a fire that caused tens of thousands of shekels worth of damage.  The fire began early on Sunday afternoon, they said, and spread quickly due to strong winds. One empty caravan was completely destroyed in the fire, and the town's infrastructure, including water pipes and electric lines, was damaged. A vineyard was burnt as well, but the owner had harvested his grapes just days earlier. Residents said that Arabs from neighboring villages have set four fires near Jewish homes in Yitzhar over the past few
Local Arabs removed the wounded attackers from the scene.

Also in the Shechem area, PA gunmen opened fire on the Awarta checkpoint. There were no injuries or damage among Israeli troops.

In Hevron, IDF soldiers shot two armed PA gunmen on Sunday afternoon. The two were among a rioting crowd that had hurled boulders at soldiers, causing damage but no injuries. Local Arabs evacuated the wounded gunmen from the scene and their condition is unknown. The rock-throwing occurred as an IDF force carried out searches following gunshots that targeted an IDF position situated in the Jewish community of Hevron.