Two Palestinians throw Molotov cocktails at passing cars, IDF fires back

Two Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at passing cars on Highway 60 near Gush Etzion. IDF fired towards the suspects.

 A general view at the construction work on the tunnel road, as seen from Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood, December 15, 2020.  (photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)
A general view at the construction work on the tunnel road, as seen from Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood, December 15, 2020.
(photo credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

The IDF fired towards two Palestinian suspects who threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli drivers on Highway 60 in Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem on Thursday night. One of them, 16-years-old Amjad Osama Abu Sultan, died from his injuries; the other was arrested.

KAN noted that a Hamas flag was found at the stand where the explosives were being prepared. 

Hamas, in a statement released Friday morning, said that the incident "must be confronted by activating the resistance in all its forms at all points of engagement with the occupation in the West Bank."

Elsewhere, in Kalandiya, Border Policeman Oscar Vasilikhin was seriously injured in a car-ramming attack. He was evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, KAN reported. 

The terrorist, who was lightly injured when his car crashed into a wall, was arrested. KAN noted that the investigation revealed that he had scouted out the location for the attack three days prior. 

Israel Border Policeman Oscar Vasilikhin at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai after he was injured in a car-ramming terrorist attack, October 15, 2021. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESMAN)Israel Border Policeman Oscar Vasilikhin at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai after he was injured in a car-ramming terrorist attack, October 15, 2021. (credit: ISRAEL POLICE SPOKESMAN)

Israel Police Chief Kobi Shabtai visited Vasilikhin at the hospital on Friday along with top police officials. He spoke with the wounded officer and his mother, commending his activity on the ground. 

By Friday morning, his condition improved and was categorized as "light." 

Late Wednesday night, an IDF officer and soldier were both lightly injured when they were pepper-sprayed by settler youth. Before attacking the security forces, the youth had pepper-sprayed a Palestinian. 

Following the incident, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi condemned the attack: "Crime against IDF soldiers on the part of civilians is intolerable and requires a quick and strict execution of the law." 

On Tuesday night, a young Palestinian was shot in the leg by security forces in the town of Tammun in the northern West Bank.