Sixteen Wounded in Weekend of Terror Attacks Around Israel

Defense officials say they fear further escalation, while Netanayahu says he expects the Palestinian Authority 'to stop the false, savage incitement.'

Police officers wounded by a Palestinian assailant lying on the ground outside Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem, October 10, 2015.
Police officers wounded by a Palestinian assailant lying on the ground outside Damascus Gate in East Jerusalem, October 10, 2015.Credit: Nir Hasson

Sixteen people were wounded in terror attacks over the weekend as bloody clashes between Israelis and Palestinians continued, with hostilities showing no signs of abating.

In addition, nine Palestinians were killed amid clashes near the Gaza border Saturday.

Defense officials said they feared a further escalation, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu said he expected the Palestinian Authority “to stop the false, savage incitement.”

On Saturday, four Israelis – two police officers and two civilians – were wounded in Jerusalem. The civilians were stabbed in the first of two incidents near East Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. One man suffered moderate wounds and the second light wounds, the Magen David Adom rescue service said. The men, both in their 60s, were rushed to Hadassah University Hospital-Ein Karem.

Hours later a Palestinian stabbed two police officers after they asked for his I.D. outside the Damascus Gate, the police said.

The assailant showed I.D., drew a knife and stabbed the officers, wounding one in the neck, the police said. Other officers shot and killed the assailant but also wounded two officers, including one of the two stabbed.

After the clash, police wounded several Palestinian civilians by firing foam-tipped bullets in skirmishes on East Jerusalem’s Sultan Suleiman Street.

Meanwhile, Jewish youths assaulted a Jewish man in Jerusalem, mistaking him for an Arab, the police said, adding that they were looking for the assailants.

Saturday afternoon in Gaza, Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian minors during protests near the border fence. Palestinian media reported that 12-year-old Marwan Barbakh and 15-year-old Khalil Othman were shot dead east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. Several Palestinian civilians were wounded.

On Friday afternoon seven Palestinians were killed and over 60 were wounded during clashes with Israeli troops near the Gaza border fence. In clashes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, one Palestinian was killed and more than 400 were wounded.

According to the Southern Command, 3,000 people took part in the main protest at the fence near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, during which firebombs were thrown at security forces and a gate was set on fire. Many protesters sought to cross the border, and similar rallies took place in other border areas, the army said.

Also on Friday, two Israelis were lightly wounded in stabbing attacks several hours after an Israeli stabbed three Palestinians and a Bedouin man in the southern city of Dimona.

Saturday afternoon, 10 protesters were arrested for stone-throwing and rioting during a demonstration in the central city of Ramle.

On Friday evening, Netanyahu discussed the escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (See article, Page 4.) According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu told Kerry by phone that he expected the PA “to stop the false, savage incitement that is causing the current terror wave.”

Kerry told Netanyahu that Washington was aware that Israel sought to maintain the status quo at the Temple Mount, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Some Palestinians believe that Israel will let Jews pray at the Mount and then divide the compound into separate prayer times and areas for Jews and Muslims — as it has done with the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.

On Saturday, an Iron Dome missile-defense battery was deployed in Be’er Sheva. Other batteries are already in place in other cities across southern Israel: Ashdod, Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, Ofakim and Eilat.

Clashes erupted in East Jerusalem in the morning after it emerged that a Palestinian who had been badly wounded in a shoot-out with Israeli forces at the Shoafat refugee camp died overnight.

Police in Jerusalem said Palestinians had hurled rocks, firebombs and explosives at the Border Police at the camp. During that disturbance, the 25-year-old Palestinian fired at Israeli forces, who shot back, fatally wounding him, the police said.

According to the police, the gunman was part of a group that approached officers during the clash. “One of them fired at Border Police troops, who fired back, hitting the terrorist,” the police said in a statement.

The army added that it had foiled a terrorist attempt to infiltrate a settlement near Hebron before dawn Saturday. A soldier noticed a man holding a knife and gun and shot him dead, the army said in a statement.

At around midnight Friday sirens sounded in a number of Israeli towns near the Gaza border. On Friday night, police arrested eight suspects in disturbances in Nazareth, Kfar Kana, Sahknin and Arraba – Arab towns in the Galilee – a police source said.

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