Some 500 Jews, accompanied by a military escort, entered the village of Awarta, outside Shechem, on Motzoei Shabbos, in order to daven at the kevarim of several luminaries interred there – among them Elazar and Isamar, sons of Aharon Hakohen, and the shivim zekeinim who were the close confidantes of Moshe Rabbeinu.
During the event, IDF officials said that Jews threw rocks at Arab homes and vehicles inside the village, after Arabs attempted to attack them. Several homes and vehicles were damaged. Security forces arrested several of the rock throwers and removed them from the town, and they were later questioned by police.
Motzoei Shabbos, security officials said they arrested 16 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. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.