Israeli Border Police Car Pelted With Stones at Entrance to West Bank Settlement

No arrests made ■ Police say incident is attempt by 'lawbreakers' to prevent enforcement of a 'closed military area' imposed on illegal outpost

The entrance to the settlement of Yitzhar, close to Nablus, where security forces were repeatedly stoned over the last month amid a conflict with settlers, 2019.
Tomer Appelbaum

A Border Police vehicle was pelted with stones at the entrance to the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar in the northern West Bank on Monday night, amid an ongoing escalation between security forces and young radical settlers. No arrests were made.

The Border Police patrol was heading for the illegal outpost of Kumi Ori, outside Yitzhar, which security forces declared a "closed military area" after a similar stone-throwing incident last month.  The move was strongly opposed by the settlers.

Israeli forces securing the "closed military area" at the settlement outpost of Kumi Ori, next to Yitzhar, October 22, 2019.
Tomer Appelbaum

"Defense officials see the incident sees the incident as yet another attempt by lawbreakers to jeopardize the security forces' activities to enforce a closed military area," the Border Police said. "The violence directed at the fighters will not deter us from enforcing the law and maintain order on the site." 

The Kumi Ori outpost was declared a closed military area after settlers threw stones at soldiers, wounding one, last month. After the episode, unidentified individuals vandalized Palestinian properties close to Ramallah and sprayed slogans like "regards from the hill in Yitzhar" in the nearby Palestinian village of Yatma.

In another incident on Monday, masked individuals threw stones against officials and military vehicles close to the settlement of Bat Ayin in the Gush Etzion bloc. No arrests were made after that incident, either.