(JNS) An Israeli Border Police officer was moderately wounded after being stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist who purportedly was wearing a suicide vest amid “day of rage” clashes in Ramallah and across the West Bank on Friday.
“When the other officers saw the stabbing they opened fire that led to him being incapacitated. When the troops approached the terrorist, they identified an explosive belt, which led to additional fire to prevent him from triggering it,” the Israel Police said in a statement.
Another Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli police in the village of Anata, northeast of Jerusalem, while two more Palestinians were killed along the Gaza-Israel border, the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said.
According to the IDF, some 2,500 Palestinians took part in violent rioting in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem on Friday. This included burning tires as well as throwing firebombs and stones at Israeli Border Police officers. Additionally, Army Radio reported that 3,500 Gazans demonstrated along the territory’s border fence with Israel.
Since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week, Palestinian leaders, including from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, have incited violence on social media.
“I am coming towards you, my enemy, from every home, neighborhood, and street #Jerusalem_is_our_capital,” a post on the official Fatah Facebook page stated on Dec. 11, according to Palestinian Media Watch.
“The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades at the Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron: ‘It is necessary to continue the intifada and escalate it, and to see days of popular rage in the coming days,’” said a Facebook post by Fatah’s Bethlehem Branch on Dec. 8.