West Bank clashes: Explosive device hurled at soldiers
Are we at the dawn of a third Intifada? Palestinians hurled a makeshift explosive device at IDF soldiers near Rachel’s Tomb in the West Bank on Thursday, while others threw stones from neighboring Bethlehem. The device, however, landed in a Palestinian-controlled area and failed to cause damage or injury. A few months ago it seemed that the number of rock-throwing incidents had dramatically declined, but violence in the West Bank has rapidly escalated since Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, with settlers finding themselves constantly under threat, specifically on the main Hebron-Gush Etzion road.
Near the Harasha outpost in the Binyamin region, the vehicle of a civilian security officer was stoned by a group of rioting Palestinians, IDF forces employed crowd-control equipment in an effort to quell the unrest. . At Givat Hashkediya, an outpost near Yitzhar, Palestinians stoned IDF forces attempting to disperse them, while additional clashes between settlers and Palestinians were also reported in the area.
Near the outpost Esh Kadosh, also in the Benyamin region, riots raged for the second consecutive day, with dozens of Palestinians throwing stones for several hours while IDF forces attempted to disperse them with riot control gear. Additionally, stones were thrown at a bus and a number of Israeli vehicles throughout the West Bank and a few incidents of Molotov cocktails being thrown at Israeli cars were also reported. As a result of the ongoing hostilities, two Palestinians were arrested.
NT police attacked
Northern Territory police have been attacked with rocks and iron bars during a riot at a remote indigenous community. Four people were arrested over the incident at Mutitjulu. Police report a group of more than forty threw rocks, bottles and iron bars at officers at the remote community, which sits alongside Uluru. A clinic nurse at the community was also assaulted. Police reinforcements had to be called in from nearby communities. Further arrests are expected.
Arrested Young Mexicans on Hunger Strike
Dec 26 (Prensa Latina) The 13 detainees in the North Prison for riots on December 1 in the capital, are since Monday on hunger strike, to demand their freedom. The nursing student Rita Neri, arrested in the Santa Martha Acatitla prison, is the only one of the detainees who is not part of the strike. They deny their involvement in the riots of that day in time of the inauguration of President Enrique Peña Nieto. The lawyer of League December 1st presented a video to the press through which they pretend to demonstrate the innocence of the accused. Friends and relatives of those arrested are also on hunger strike outside the offices of the Federal District government with identical objectives. Some sources inform the strikers are being attended every 12 hours by paramedics of the Rescue Squadron Medical Emergencies.
Turkish planes bomb PKK camps, targets
ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Turkish warplanes hit targets belonging to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party in northern Iraq overnight, officials said Thursday. The officials said the F-16s bombed camps and other targets around the Kandil and Zap regions in northern Iraq, Dogan news agency said. The operation began after drone data indicated members of the militant group were going to previously bombed targets with the idea of resettling. A number of shelters identified as belonging to the militants were hit overnight as well, Dogan said.