An armored Border Police vehicle was pelted with rocks at the entrance to the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar in the West Bank on Saturday evening.No damage was done to the vehicle and no Border Police forces were injured.Border Police are sweeping the area for suspects.
As Border Police forces, together with the Civil Administration, demolished illegal structures near Yitzhar on October 24, there were some clashes with settler youth from the area, who threw stones as security forces demolished two wooden structures and one small concrete structure.A man set fire to an Israeli Border Police tent on the Kippah Srugah hill next to the settlement of Yitzhar on Thursday night. The tent was set up in order to enforce the order that declared the hill a closed military zone.
On Monday night, an IDF combat soldier was attacked by 30 settlers from an outpost in the Yitzhar area who threw stones at him and damaged the tires of an IDF vehicle. Two days after the incident, there was another attack by settlers, who threw rocks at Border Police officers.
Both incidents happened after the arrest of a Yitzhar resident under suspicion of blocking the Golani Reconnaissance Battalion commander's vehicle. The suspect opened the SUV door and made threats toward those in it, including the commander.
Following the incidents, it was decided to station two Border Police companies next to the settlement. The companies were moved from the Tapuah region in the Samaria operational area and replaced the IDF force that is now stationed in the settlement.Alon Hachmon and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.