Three minors arrested on suspicion of hurling Molotov cocktail in Gush Etzion which left six Palestinians wounded
Ten days after a firebomb attack injured six Palestinians in Gush Etzion, police arrested three minors aged 12-13 on suspicion of involvement in the attack.
The teens, who reside in a nearby settlement, met members of the security forces directly after the incident.
Police arrested two of the three suspects at a Jerusalem yeshiva they attend. The three were questioned and will be remanded in custody until Monday.
Police said they have sufficient evidence linking the suspects to the crime and for another motion to extend their remand.
The suspects’ families and attorneys were equally confident the teens would be released on Monday.
“I have no explanation for why the police arrested my son and the two others of all people,” the father of one of the suspects said. “He did nothing. He’s a good, obedient boy, I can’t believe he would do something like this.”
The father claimed that his son had told Shin Bet investigators who questioned him after the event that he was not at home at the time of the attack.
The Honenu legal aid organization said in response, “In the past few months we have witnessed dozens of arrests and investigations which turned out to be baseless and violated the detainees’ rights.”
Five of the six Palestinians injured in the attack are still hospitalized at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Four of the five are members of the same family and have experienced an improvement in their condition.
Two days after the event, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and promised him that Israel will spare mo effort in bringing those responsible for the attack to justice.
Firebomb injures 5 Palestinians; police say Jews behind attack
Vehicle travelling in West Bank catches fire after being hit by Molotov cocktail; parents, children, driver suffer moderate to serious wounds. Police: Jews behind attack
Five Palestinians sustained moderate to serious injuries Thursday evening when the taxi they were travelling in was hit by a Molotov cocktail and caught fire.
The vehicle was struck as it was travelling between the West Bank settlements of Bat Ayin and Gvaot, in the Gush Etzion region, and overturned. The injured Palestinians were evacuated to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for treatment.
A police official said the attack was carried out by Jews and was nationalistically-motivated.
IDF forces were scouring the area in search of the assailants, whose identity remains unclear. During the search, another firebomb was found, but it was not lit.
Most of the wounded Palestinians are members of the same family from the Nahalin village, near Bethlehem. Red Cross officials in Bethlehem identified the injured Palestinians as a 35-year-old man, his wife, 27, and their children, aged four and five. The driver was also hurt.
The parents are suffering from second and third-degree burns, while the children are suffering from first-degree burns, the Red Cross said.
Osama Shakarneh, head of the Nahalin council, told Ynet that village residents travelling to Bethlehem along the same road are frequently attacked with stones.