Israeli army detains 10 Palestinians after rock attack
Published Friday 15/03/2013 (updated) 17/03/2013 21:55
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army said Friday that it had arrested 10 Palestinians suspected of connections to a rock attack that injured several Israelis near a West Bank settlement.
Eight Palestinians were arrested in Haris and two were arrested in Kifl Haris. Both Palestinian villages are in the West Bank district of Salfit.
"Last night's rock hurling caused a car accident in which an Israeli infant was severely injured, 3 other civilians were moderately injured and one civilian was lightly injured," the army said in a statement.
"Rocks were also hurled at an Israeli bus, injuring 3 Israeli civilians, who were also taken to a hospital."
The statement added: "The IDF views terror activities, including rock hurling, with great severity and will continue to act with strength and determination to protect the residents of the State of Israel and maintain security in the area."
The Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported that Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered the Israeli army to treat the Palestinians strictly.
Netanyahu phoned the chairman of the regional council of northwest settlements to check on the injured settler and three children who were injured in the rock attack, it said.
One child was critically injured, Israeli officials said.
Meanwhile Israeli parliament member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said the situation was deteriorating and could lead to a third intifada. President Mahmoud Abbas will not prevent it, he added.
Separately, Maariv said Israeli police in cooperation with the Shin Bit detained a "terrorist" in central of Tel Aviv after they raided his apartment on Thursday.
A police spokesman declined to comment but a source confirmed the arrest, according to Maariv.