Firebombing injures 6 Palestinians near Bat Ayin (JERUSALEM POST) By BEN HARTMAN, TOVAH LAZAROFF 08/17/12)
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Unknown assailants threw a Molotov cocktail at a Palestinian taxi
outside the Gush Etzion settlement of Bat Ayin on Thursday night,
leaving six people lightly to moderately wounded, including two
Results from an initial investigation raised fears that Jewish
extremists could have perpetrated the attack.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement late Thursday
night condemning the attack. "This is a very serious incident. We
will do everything we can to catch those responsible and to bring
them to justice," he said.
Judea and Samaria Commander Brigadier General Hagai Mordechai added
that the incident could compromise security and stability in the West
On Thursday night Mordechai increased IDF presence along friction
points on West Bank roads.
A security source said that it would have been obvious to the
assailants that they were targeting a Palestinian taxi, because the
attack occurred in day light in a place with good visibility.
The yellow vehicle with a green Palestinian license plate, typically
of West Bank Palestinian taxis, could not have been mistaken for any
other kind of vehicle, the security source said.
But, the source added, that the investigation was still in its
According to the police, the taxi flipped and burst into flames after
the Molotov cocktail hit it. Paramedics evacuated all six wounded to
Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital shortly thereafter.
Police said they found a second, ready-to-use Molotov cocktail near
the site of the firebombing. They would not comment as to whether or
not Jewish extremists firebombed the taxi, saying they are still in
the initial stages of the investigation.
The Shin Bet joined police and IDF troops in the search for the
assailants, which is currently ongoing in the West Bank.
The Shin Bet had initially refused to comment on whether or not they
consider the incident a “Price Tag” attack, the name given to attacks
by Jewish extremists against Palestinians in order to protest
government policies, saying that the investigation is still in its
initial phase. The Shin Bet also placed a gag order on details of the
The Tag Meir group condemned the attack in a statement released by
the organization´s chairman Dr. Gadi Gvaryahu, saying "We must not
allow such Price Tag attacks to become commonplace." Gvaryahu
added: "The security apparatus must do everything in its power to
arrest those responsible for attacking an innocent Palestinian
Jpost.com staff contributed to this report (© 1995-2011, The
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