Israeli Hurt Near Chevron in Second West Bank Road Attack in Days


chevron-attackA young Israeli woman was moderately wounded today when Palestinian militants hurled a firebomb at the bus in which she was riding south of the West Bank city of Chevron. This was the second attack in less than a week against Israelis traveling on West Bank roads.The 18-year-old woman suffered second degree burns after the flaming bottle made contact with her bus on the main road leading to the isolated settlement of Nagahot, near South Mount Chevron.

Meanwhile, some 20 Palestinian demonstrators clashed with Israel Defense Forces soldiers stationed in Chevron today. One of the soldiers was lightly hurt after a Palestinian bit him.

The protesters had approached the IDF position and hurled rocks at them. Two of the Palestinians were detained during the clashes.

Settler leaders and politicians on the right blame the recurrence of attacks on Israel’s recent lifting of West Bank roadblocks and its decision to freeze settlement construction.

Over the past year, the number of terror attacks in the West Bank has dramatically decreased thanks mainly to the Shin Bet security service and IDF. However, IDF officials say attempts to carry out terror attacks continue, especially those perpetrated by local individuals working alone.

{Yair Israel}