Two IDF soldiers injured during ‘Nakba Day’ riots

Palestinians throw rocks at IDF (Zahal) soldiers during violent riots held in honor of ‘Nakba Day’ in Judea and Samaria, IDF (Zahal) forces respond with non-lethal riot dispersal means

Date: 15/05/2012, 7:26 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

Palestinians held a violent riot south of Ramallah, throwing rocks and injuring two IDF (Zahal) soldiers, today (May 15). The soldiers received initial medical care. In response to the rioting and rock hurling, IDF (Zahal) soldiers responded with non-lethal riot dispersal means.

Earlier today an increase was reported in the level of violence of riots at the Qalandiya crossing, including a pipe bomb thrown towards IDF (Zahal) forces. No one was injured in the incident. The device was detonated by sappers in a controlled manner.

Col. Sa’ar Tzur, Commander of the Binyamin Regional Brigade, mentioned “the majority of the violent riots took place in the area surrounding Jerusalem, including Qalandia, Beitunia, and the crossing near the Ofer Prison.” He added that “IDF (Zahal) forces in the region are prepared to contain the disturbances and are ready for any possible scenario.”

Approximately 30 Palestinians threw rocks at IDF (Zahal) soldiers at Halhul, north of Hebron. At Beit Ummar, southwest of Bethlehem, around 40 Palestinians threw rocks and rolled burning tires.

Also on Tuesday, Palestinians rioted near Rachel’s Tomb, while worshippers were inside. No one was injured.

In all these incidents, Israeli security forces responded with non-lethal crowd dispersal means. No Israeli forces have been wounded.

IDF (Zahal) prepared for possible disturbances in Judea and Samaria

In recent weeks, the IDF (Zahal), in cooperation with the Israeli Police and Border Police, conducted extensive preparations for various possible scenarios on Nakba Day (May 15).

During the day, the IDF (Zahal) is expecting demonstrations and disturbances that could in certain circumstances deteriorate into violence against security forces and military infrastructure.

The focus of demonstrations will apparently be the Judea and Samaria region and the Gaza Strip, with an emphasis on the Qalandiya, Beitunia, and Rachel crossings, as well as in Palestinian cities, where Palestinian security forces are expected to contain them.

In recent weeks, the IDF (Zahal) has uncovered a number of explosive devices in Judea and Samaria and violent illegal demonstrations have strengthened in the Binyamin region, particularly at Beitunia, south of Ramallah.