Thousands of troops will be placed along roads and flashpoints, while IDF officers and Palestinian security apparatuses coordinate their response.
Palestinians have designated Friday a “Day of Rage” amid ongoing violence. Just on Thursday, seven Israelis were wounded by attacks, while police clashed with Palestinian protesters, resulting in injuries on both sides.
Friday could prove to be a watershed moment in the current wave of unrest. Hamas has been doing everything it can to bring the Palestinian public to conflict with Israel. Hassan Yousef, a Hamas leader in the West Bank, warned that on Friday the entire West Bank and Gaza Strip would be ablaze with demonstrations. This was a relatively unusual statement, as Hamas leaders in the West Bank have tried to keep a low profile, fearing arrest.
A 25-year-old man was seriously injured after being stabbed near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Thursday, shortly after a Palestinian man injured four while on a stabbing rampage in Tel Aviv. A 20-year-old male was stabbed in Afula. The assailant in that incident was overpowered.
A soldier was stabbed in Afula later on Thursday. The terrorist was apprehended soon after. The stabbing marked the fourth terror attack of the day.
Yossi Fahima, director of the MDA in Afula, said the young man had been stabbed in the chest twice and was in moderate condition. “He was conscious when he was evacuated,” said Fahima. “The terrorist was not wounded other than blows he received from civilians, and was rescued from the angry mob.”
The Kiryat Arba assailant is still at large and is believed to have fled in the direction of Chevron. Security forces are currently in pursuit. Reports stated that the victim was stabbed in the Jewish quarter of Chevron, and managed to drive himself to Kiryat Arba.
The Tel Aviv assailant was shot dead by an Israel Air Force officer after attacking passers-by with a screwdriver opposite the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. All four victims were lightly wounded.
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