An Israeli soldier has sustained serious injuries after a Palestinian anti-occupation protester hurled stones at him inside a settlement in the central part of the West Bank amid new wave of Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the occupied territories.
The Hebrew-language Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper reported that the unidentified Palestinian man entered Beit El settlement, which lies adjacent to Ramallah, on Friday morning, picked up a large stone and hurled it at an Israeli trooper, who was inside a military site in the settlement.
The report added that the Israeli soldier was seriously injured in the incident, before the Palestinian man fled from the area.
An unnamed Israeli army spokesman said, “A Palestinian nab was fighting with a soldier inside a military post in the settlement, and beat him with a stone on his head and fled.”
The spokesman went on to say that reinforced forces have been dispatched to the settlement, and a manhunt operation is underway to arrest the Palestinian man.
“The Palestinian man surprised the soldier from behind, and hit him with a stone on his head from a very short distance,” an eyewitness said on condition of anonymity.
The Israeli soldier received initial treatment at the scene, before being transported to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem al-Quds.
Palestinian media outlets reported that Israeli soldiers have closed the main road linking Ramallah to Nablus near Jalazone refugee camp. The troops have installed concrete blocks on the road, and restricted the movement of Palestinian vehicles.
Israeli soldiers have also installed a roadblock at the main entrance to Surda town, located northeast of Ramallah, and prevented Palestinians from either entering or leaving it.
Over 100 Palestinians detained since Thursday dawn: NGO
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association said in a statement on Friday that the Israeli army has detained more than 100 Palestinians, including lawmakers and former prisoners, throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds since the early hours of Thursday.
The statement noted that Israeli forces detained at least 46 Palestinians, including two lawmakers and a journalist, during a large-scale pre-dawn campaign across the West Bank last night.
Israeli forces conducted multiple overnight raids in al-Khalil (Hebron) besides nearby towns of Idhna, Beit Kahil, Yatta and al-Dhahiriya, ransacking civilian houses and interrogating families.