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IDF Soldier Wounded in West Bank Riot

02-20-2019
IDF Six-Day War Heritage Day, Photo, CBN News

An Israeli Defense Forces soldier was wounded during a riot that broke out in the West Bank Tuesday night.

An army spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that residents threw stones and blocks at IDF soldiers. The soldiers successfully dispersed the crowd and arrested five Palestinians suspected of terrorism in Gush Etzion, a bloc of Jewish communities in Judea, south of Jerusalem.

The wounded soldier was treated in the hospital and later released.

The IDF, Border Police, and Israel Security Agency also arrested 17 Palestinians in the Menashe area of northern Israel for possession of illegal weapons.

The unrest comes after five Palestinians were arrested following a clash with Israeli police on Jerusalem's Temple Mount Monday.

Israeli police say the worshippers were trying to break into a closed area called the Gate of Mercy, or Golden Gate.

On Sunday, riots on the Gaza border wounded an Israeli soldier, stoking fears that Hamas may be provoking Israel into another war.

A report from one of Israel's leading think tanks, The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS),  says the likelihood of another conflict with Hamas in 2019 is "extremely high." This is due to the deteriorating socio-economic condition in Gaza, increased pressure on Hamas from the Palestinian Authority, and Israel's decreasing deterrence since the war in 2014.

"The military wing of Hamas has not suffered a severe blow in the three rounds of conflict between the organization and Israel over the past decade, and it is important that it  – and not the (Gaza) population – pay the price in the event of a confrontation," the report added. 

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