During a violent riot in Ramallah on Friday, a Palestinian wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt stabbed an IDF Border Policeman in the upper body twice. The IDF soldier was wounded moderately on a Sabbath that saw continued Palestinian violence in response to US President Donald Trump’s announcement acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The police are investigating the possibility the assailant was able to approach close proximity to the soldiers because he was either mingling with and posing one of the news reporters. During the confrontation, it was revealed that the assailant was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt but he was taken away by a Red Crescent Ambulance while wearing the belt.

The assailant, identified as Mohammed Aqal, was shot by the IDF at the scene and later died from his wounds.


Also on Friday, an Israeli motorist was attacked by a mob of rock-throwing Palestinians near the Arab town of Hizme, four miles northeast of Jerusalem. The Israeli was injured lightly but required hospitalization.

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Riots were reported in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Qalqilya and Nablus (Shechem). Demonstrators burned tires and threw rocks at Israeli troops. In addition to the Arab who stabbed the IDF soldier in Ramallah, three Palestinians were killed in confrontations with IDF troops.

Israel’s Army Radio reported 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated at nine locations along the border fence separating Israel from Gaza.

No security restrictions were placed on Muslim prayers on the Temple Mount. No riots were reported.

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Source: Israel in the News