Stones Thrown at Border Police Vehicles, Tires Slashed in West Bank

Attacks took place near the Yitzhar settlement, assailants have not yet been apprehended

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Border Police vehicles damaged in the incident in the Yitzhar area, September 22, 2020.
Border Police vehicles damaged in the incident in the Yitzhar area, September 22, 2020.Credit: Police Spokesperson
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Unknown individuals threw stones at a Border Police force and officers' tires were slashed in separate incidents in the area of the Yitzhar settlement in the West Bank, a police statement said Tuesday night. 

No casualties were reported, but damage was caused to the vehicles. No arrests have been reported in relation to either incident.

The Border Police said that the incident took place during a guard shift change in the area, and that stones thrown at a vehicle carrying guards smashed one of its windows.

The Border Police also stated that "the Border Police activity in the Yitzhar area will continue despite the attempts of extremist elements to harm it. Troops will continue to enforce law and order in the area and will work to bring about the arrest of [those responsible]."

Last month, dozens of masked men attacked Border Police forces when they arrived at an outpost called "Shevach Ha'aretz" near the Yitzhar settlement. A policewoman was lightly injured by a stone, and other policemen were hit by paint bottles.

Yitzhar and the surrounding outposts have seen frequent clashes between Border Police and local settlers. In March, three firebombs were hurled at Border Police vehicles near Yitzhar, in what police and the army called a "terrorist incident." 

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