Soldier Attacked at Entrance to Kiryat Arba

An Israeli soldier was attacked and wounded by Arabs on Thursday evening at the entrance to Kiryat Arba.

According to reports, the Arabs hit the soldier with various objects and threw a glass bottle at him, injuring him in the head.

The assailants were arrested and turned over to the police for questioning.

Following the incident, Kiryat Arba local council members Bentzi Gofshtein and Yisrael Bramson called on the IDF to close Tzir Tzion (Zion Road) to Arab traffic. “Don’t force us, the residents, to close the road,” they said.

Tzir Tzion, the road leading from Kiryat Arba to Hevron, was reopened to Arab traffic last summer, upsetting Jewish residents of Hevron and Kiryat Arba who warned that opening the road will lead to murder.

The opening of the road, as well as the removal of dozens of other checkpoints, was done as part of Israel’s “good-will gestures” to the Palestinian Authority.

Thursday’s incident occurred after the Israel Security Agency released its annual report which said that there was an overall decrease in the number of terror attacks against Israel in 2010, compared to 2009.

The report said that there were 798 recorded terror attacks by Arabs in 2010, down from about 1,354 in 2009. Nine people were murdered by terrorists in 2010, and none of the terror attacks were suicide bombings.  The total number of shooting and explosive attacks in Judea and Samaria in 2010 was 32, just one less than the previous year.


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