IDF Soldier Injured in Rioting Near Kever Rachel


An Israeli soldier suffered an injury to his eyes during violent disorders near Kever Rachel, south of Yerushalayim, on Wednesday.

The incident occurred as Palestinians hurled firebombs, rocks and pieces of glass at Israeli security forces in widespread rioting.

The soldier was hit by marbles thrown at him, which shattered his glasses, sending shards into his eyes. He was evacuated to Shaare Zedek hospital in the capital for emergency treatment.

Border police responded with riot dispersion equipment.

In a separate incident, Palestinians threw firebombs at the perimeter fence of the Psagot community in the Binyamin region, and at IDF soldiers stationed at the David Outpost in Beit El.

Also on Wednesday, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced that it has ordered a temporary expansion of the fishing limit off the coast of southern Gaza from 6 to 9 nautical miles.

The permit will be in effect for two months, during the fishing season, provided the Palestinians do not exploit it for smuggling activities or illegal infiltration into Israel, COGAT said.