Thursday, February 9, 2017

An unidentified assailant armed with a gun and a knife attacks a group of Israelis in a market in Petah Tikva; 6 Israelis are injured. A group of Jewish Israeli bystanders assault a Palestinian bystander who is shouting in Arabic during the incident. Hours later, the Israeli police arrest a Palestinian from the Nablus area in connection with the initial attack. Late at night, the IDF conducts raids in the Nablus area, arresting 4 Palestinians related to the alleged Petah Tikva attacker and confiscating several of their work permits. Elsewhere in the West Bank, IDF troops arrest 2 Palestinians during late-night raids nr. Ramallah and Nablus; and patrol during the day nr. Hebron. Israeli settlers uproot around 400 olive saplings nr. Bethlehem. Palestinian youths throw a small explosive device at an IDF post in Aida r.c., sparking clashes with IDF troops in the area; there are no serious injuries and 2 Palestinians are arrested. (HA, MNA, WAFA 2/9; MNA, TOI, WAFA 1/10; MNA 11/11; PCHR 2/16)

PA intelligence chief Faraj wraps up 2 days of talks with U.S. security and intelligence officials in Washington. (AP 2/9; HA, TOI 2/10)