Western Wall Tunnel riots

Western Wall Tunnel riots erupted on 24 September, 1996 and lasted for three days, after Israel's opening of the controversial Western Wall Tunnel to the public, which led to the first violent conflict between the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) and the Palestinian National Security Forces (NSF), which was authorized two years earlier, as a result of the Oslo Accords. In the riots which spread into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, 25 IDF soldiers were killed while dozens wounded, and nearly 100 Palestinians were killed while 1,000 wounded.[1]

TimelineEdit

  • Sept 24: The Western Wall is evacuated after Palestinians throw stones at Jewish worshippers.[2]
  • Sept 25: Five Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured in Ramallah after Israeli soldiers opened fire.[3]
  • Sept 26: In Nablus, six Israeli soldiers died when Palestinians attacked their post at the Tomb of Joseph. In Gaza, Palestinians attacked army posts and settlements, leading to 25 Palestinian deaths. A total of 11 Israelis and at least 39 Palestinians died this day.[4]
  • Sept 27: In Tulkarm, hundreds of Palestinians attacked a border post, leading to a clash in which two Israelis and one Palestinian died. In Jericho, three Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. And in Rafah, Gaza, Palestinians attacked an Israeli post, killing one soldier.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The opening of the Western Wall Tunnels September 1996". Israeli Security Agency. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. ^ ARAB-ISRAEL CLASH LEAVES FIVE DEAD IN THE WEST BANK 26 Sept 1996, The New York Times.
  3. ^ Ibid.
  4. ^ 50 ARE KILLED AS CLASHES WIDEN FROM WEST BANK TO GAZA STRIP 27 Sept, 1996. The New York Times.
  5. ^ 10 MORE DIE IN MIDEAST RIOTS AS VIOLENCE ENTERS 3D DAY; MOSQUE IS SCENE OF A CLASH 28 Spet 1996. The New York Times.