Palestinian Violence Surges in Yehudah and Shomron

YERUSHALAYIM -

The past 24 hours in Yehudah and Shomron were marked by a surge of Palestinian violence, particularly along the Green Line.

An explosive device was detonated in the late Monday afternoon near Kever HaSheikh where the IDF frequently sets up roadblocks to provide security for Israeli traffic going past Al Hadar in Gush Etzion, in the direction of the northern Efrat junction. B’chasdei Shamayim, no injuries were reported.

Dozens of reports were received in the afternoon and evening hours Monday of firebombs and rocks being thrown at Israeli vehicles all across Yehudah and Shomron.

At several locations in Yehudah, Binyamin and Chevron, groups of Palestinian terrorists were concentrating on coordinated, simultaneous attacks in the region. It was clear evidence that the incidents were being organized and directed by senior members of the Palestinian Authority and terrorist groups.

Two buses carrying civilian passengers were stoned in the Jordan Valley and south of Shechem. B’chasdei Shamayim, no injuries were reported.

Also on Monday, a number of Israeli vehicles were stoned in the area of the Hussan junction in Gush Etzion, and some damage was reported. It was the third consecutive day that the same location was targeted.

In two cases, Palestinian terrorists took advantage of the lawlessness to rob Israeli drivers of their cars. At the Al Hadar junction and near the Karnei Shomron junction, terrorists forced Jewish drivers to leave their cars at knifepoint, then drove off with them, while the drivers were left on the roadside.

The IDF and Shin Bet have been continuing to arrest large numbers of Palestinians engaged in the violence, but they have not succeeded in bringing the situation under control.