A relatively quiet weekend in Hebron ended with the detainment of two right-wing activists Saturday on suspicion of assaulting police officers. Another youth was taken in for questioning.
Saturday afternoon, forces spotted a group of youths attempting to enter Area A of the West Bank, near a Hebron-area outpost. The forces prevented the youths from continuing and held up one of them after he apparently refused to leave the site.
Following the incident, dozens of boys and girls gathered at the site. according to police, one youth proceeded to assault a police officer. Another rightist activist was detained later.
Following the arrests, dozens of youths gathered outside the police station to protest the detainment. Later the youths attacked a police team coming out of the station.
No unusual incidents were reported in the area on Friday, despite growing tensions near the "disputed house" in Hebron slated for evacuation in line for a court order. Security forces have deployed in force in Hebron over the weekend, as thousands of Jews arrived at the city to read the weekly Torah portion. Authorities feared that some of the arrivals could stay in town to resist the planned evacuation.
Meanwhile, forces in town significantly boosted their deployment in the city, mostly for fear of terror attacks, but also in light of the possiblit of Jewish riots.