Two Israeli citizens were lightly injured Saturday afternoon as Palestinians threw stones at the car they were traveling in near the West Bank village of Azun, east of Qalqilya.
Among the injured was a 15-year-old boy who managed to reach his house in the settlement of Karnei Shomron, and was evacuated from there to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba by a Magen David Adom crew.
IDF soldiers began combing the area in search of the stone throwers.
Another Israeli was lightly injured in the same area on Friday, after a Molotov cocktail was hurled at his car. An MDA crew dispatched to the area evacuated him to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba.
Military sources have said that a rise has been noted in the number of stone-throwing and Molotov cocktail hurling incidents since the beginning of 2008 in the Azun area, in el-Khader south of Jerusalem, and on Road 443 between Modiin and Jerusalem. The IDF has therefore boosted its activities in those areas.
About a week ago, Ynet reported that leaflets were hung in Azun warning the residents to stop hurling stones at IDF forces, or else the soldiers would fire at them and close down their businesses.
A military inquiry revealed that the incident was an independent initiative carried out by an officer.
Raanan Ben-Zur contributed to this report