A few hours after a Palestinian terrorist murdered Jewish settler Eviatar Borovsky in the northern West Bank Tuesday morning, dozens of settlers hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles near the village of Hawara.
A bus carrying Palestinian schoolgirls was attacked with stones, and its windshield was shattered. The driver was injured and evacuated to a hospital.
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Settlers also entered the Palestinian village of Urif, torched structures, threw rocks and injured at least one local. Seven settlers have been arrested so far on suspicion of rioting.
Settlers riot in Urif (Photo: Reuters)
During the violence, a Palestinian truck was also stoned, and fields near the Palestinian villages of Burin and Madama were set ablaze. The security establishment is preparing for the possibility that settler riots in the area will continue following Borovsky's murder. Large forces have been deployed in the region to quell the violence.
Rock thrown at bus carrying Palestinian schoolgirls
Borovsky was stabbed to death at approximately 10 am at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. The terrorist then took his victim's gun and opened fire at Border Guard officers, who returned fire and moderately injured the Palestinian. The terrorist was evacuated to the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva.
Damaged Palestinian car (Photo: Gur Dotan)
The Shomron Regional Council and the Shomron Settlers' Committee plan to hold a demonstration this evening, during which they will demand increased security for the Jewish residents of the northern West Bank and harsher treatment of Palestinian stone-throwers. Protesters will also demand that checkpoints be set up in the area.
Photo: Gur Dotan
Ynet has learned that the terrorist, Fatah operative Salam Za'al (24), is a resident of Shucha, a Palestinian village near Tulkarem. Palestinians reported that IDF forces raided the village and the home of the terrorist, who was released from an Israeli prison some six months ago after serving three years for stone-throwing. His brother was sentenced to prison in the Palestinian Authority on Monday for allegedly collaborating with Israel. The security establishment is looking into the possibility that the terror attack was an attempt to prove that the family has not collaborated with Israel and 'clear its name.'
Shortly after the stone attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank, yeshiva students in Jerusalem attacked two non-Jewish police investigators near the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva. Police said the investigators were speaking Arabic between them when five yeshiva students appeared and exchanged words with them.
The students headed back to the yeshiva, but returned a few minutes later with tear gas, which they used against one of the investigators. The investigators arrested one student, while the others fled the scene. One of the investigators was evacuated to a local hospital with light injuries.
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