Israel News for 12-11-17

Terror in Jerusalem
A 46-year-old security guard, Asher Elmaliach, was stabbed in his heart and seriously wounded by a terrorist Sunday afternoon on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Street, near the city’s central bus station. Police said the terrorist arrived at the central bus station’s main entrance, pulled out a knife and stabbed the security guard before fleeing. A local citizen and a police officer standing nearby chased the terrorist down and subdued him.

The terrorist was later identified as Yassin Abu al-Qaraa, a 24-year-old resident of Nablus. On Saturday, at 10:56 pm, the terrorist wrote on Facebook: “For Allah, we must boost Jerusalem’s status, restore religion’s glory and sanctify al-Aqsa, and the blood will flow from us.”

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Terror in Samaria
Terrorists opened fire on an Israeli passenger bus carrying students near the town of Ofra in Samaria Sunday night. The bus was damaged but there were no injuries reported. The bus was passing near the Arab village of Ein Yabrud at the time of the shooting, west of Ofra and northeast of Beit El. Shortly after the attack, IDF forces stationed in the Binyamin region of Samaria began searches for the terrorists responsible for the attack.

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Gush Etzion Attack
A 9-year-old girl was lightly wounded Sunday morning when stones were thrown at a car she was traveling in with her mother and brother in Gush Etzion. Magen David Adom paramedics treated the girl, who was wounded by shards. An IDF forces dispersed the stone throwers using crowd control methods.

Miriam Eini, the girl’s mother and resident of the Ibei HaNahal settlement, told Ynet, “We were driving from home to Jerusalem when suddenly stones began raining down on us. I saw the people throwing them. It was a real miracle.” A month ago Eini narrowly avoided disaster when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at her car while she was driving on the same road, but just missed her.

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IDF Destroys Tunnel
The IDF uncovered and destroyed a Hamas terror tunnel near the Gaza Strip border. According to military sources, it was dug in recent months from the Khan Younis area to agricultural lands located more than 1 kilometer away from Israeli communities in the Eshkol Regional Council.

The IDF had been following the tunnel’s progress for several weeks now, even before it crossed into Israeli territory. The IDF stressed that at no point did the tunnel pose a threat to the Gaza vicinity residents.

An IDF spokesperson added that “Hamas sees this tunnel as highly important and invested many resources in it. We believe that in light of the way we neutralized the tunnel, there will be no change in routine like in the Gaza vicinity, but we will remain alert. The tunnels will turn into a death trap for those who dig them and for those who send the diggers.”

In a statement issued Sunday morning, Hamas warned that, “the enemy will pay for the aggression and crimes against our people. The enemy must be afraid and know that it will pay the price of breaking the rules of the conflict with the Gaza resistance. The coming days will make it clear to the enemy how wrong it was in estimating the resistance’s willpower…”

Hamas claims that 2 of its members were killed in the tunnel destruction.

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