Israel Police officers injured, two arrested in Silwan clashes

Border Police foils stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City • More West Bank arrests made as part of Operation Break the Wave

 Israeli security force detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Damascus gate to Jerusalem's Old City on Jerusalem Day, May 29, 2022.  (photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)
Israeli security force detain a Palestinian man during clashes near Damascus gate to Jerusalem's Old City on Jerusalem Day, May 29, 2022.
(photo credit: AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS)

Four Israel Police officers were lightly injured in attempts to control clashes in the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon.

The clashes, which included stones thrown and pepper spray used, involved Israelis and Palestinian residents of Silwan, according to Palestinian sources.

Two suspects were arrested for assaulting the officers. In addition, three Palestinians were injured during the clashes, as per Palestinian media.

Earlier on Tuesday, it was revealed that Border Police forces foiled a stabbing attack on Monday in Jerusalem's Old City's Damascus Gate.

The Israeli forces identified the suspect, a 15-year-old east Jerusalem resident, who was carrying a knife. Following a chase by foot, police forces arrested the Jabel Mukaber teen near the entrance to Temple Mount.

During an interrogation of the suspect, it was revealed he planned on carrying out a terror attack in the capital, Israel Police Jerusalem District chief Doron Turgeman said. 

"We will continue to use all tools available to us to thwart terrorism threats of any kind"

Doron Turgeman, Israel Police Jerusalem District chief

The attempted attack came one day after the controversial Jerusalem Day flag march, during which at least 60 people were injured and 38 arrested during clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian sources.

 Israeli reserve soldiers patrol in the West Bank village of Hawara, near Nablus, May 26, 2022 (credit: NASSER ISHTAYEH/FLASH90) Israeli reserve soldiers patrol in the West Bank village of Hawara, near Nablus, May 26, 2022 (credit: NASSER ISHTAYEH/FLASH90)

Operation 'Break the Wave' continues 

On Monday night, IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police forces arrested eight Palestinians suspected of terrorist activity in the West Bank as part of Operation Break the Wave.

Israeli forces operated in Jifna, Abu Dis, Bayt Lid, Azarya, Hebron, Nablus, Bayt Rima, Tamun and Kalandiya overnight.

During the operations in Kalandiya, clashes broke out, with rioters throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces.

In Nablus, as Israeli forces left the city, gunshots were heard. No injuries were reported. In Bayt Rima, a number of weapons were found and confiscated.