A Border Policewoman suffered a mild head injury Wednesday when settlers threw rocks at her near the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, the Border Police said. The officer was admitted to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. A Civil Administration inspector was also injured in the incident.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of throwing stones and assaulting police officers. Two were Yitzhar residents in their 20s or 30s. No details were released about the third suspect.
The Border Police said that during a patrol several settlers, some of them masked, approached and threw rocks at the officers and inspectors. The injured inspector fired into the air and the Border Police officers used crowd dispersal measures to stop the stone-throwing.
“This is a serious incident in which lawbreakers injured a Border Police member in an area where the members should not have felt in danger,” the Border Police said. “The fighters acted quickly and arrested three suspects. The Border Police will show zero tolerance toward anyone who harms members of the security forces, regardless of their religion or ethnicity.”
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The incident occurred in the area of the Givat Kumi Uri outpost, which is identified with the hilltop youth. At the end of last week two suspects were detained there on suspicion of damaging Palestinian property in the village of Urif, but they were released after two hours of questioning.