Report: IDF Base ‘Under Constant Attack’

A Palestinian protester throws a tire into a fire during a riot. (REUTERS)
A Palestinian protester throws a tire into a fire during a riot. (Reuters)

An IDF base on Mount Scopus in Yerushalayim has been under attack by Arab rioters and rock throwers on a nearly daily basis for at least the past month, Channel Ten reported Motzoei Shabbos. Soldiers who serve at the Homefront Security base are attacked with rocks on a constant basis as they arrive at the base and leave it, and groups of youths lob rocks over the fence of the base nearly every night, the report said.

Last Wednesday, footage by Channel Ten showed, Arabs set fire to trees surrounding the base. Firefighters managed to put the fire out before it reached the base. However, a second fire broke out near the base the next day, this one apparently started after a firebomb was thrown. The fire also threatened to spread in the direction of Hebrew University buildings. On Friday night, another fire broke out near the university, and student dormitories were evacuated while firefighters fought the blaze.

In a statement, the IDF said that security at the base “has been improved significantly in the past two years, thanks to the installation of security cameras and the construction of a fence around the base. Soldiers are provided with instructions that ensure their safety and fire drills, along with systems to put out fires, ensure readiness to deal with fires.”

Overnight Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested 9 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. They were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.