Palestinian rioters have increased their use of firecrackers in recent days, which they throw at IDF soldiers and, in some incidents, also aiming gunfire against civilians.
An IDF officer was injured on Monday afternoon by firecrackers shot at him by terrorists at Taxi Square in the vicinity of Ramallah. As a result of the attack, he may lose two of his fingers. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim.
Israeli soldiers were sent to Taxi Square to quell a protest that had turned into a full-scale riot.
Last week, IDF Central Command issued new orders permitting soldiers to open fire against terrorists lobbing fireworks at them if they believed their lives to be in danger.