Bat Ayin teens released from custody
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Bat Ayin teens released from custody

Two of three settler youths accused of firebombing Palestinian taxi to stay under house arrest

The three young suspects from Bat Ayin arrive at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Sunday (photo crtedit: Yonatan Sjndel/Flash90)
The three young suspects from Bat Ayin arrive at Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Sunday (photo crtedit: Yonatan Sjndel/Flash90)

Two 13-year-olds from the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, who are accused of firebombing a Palestinian taxi earlier this month, were released from custody on Friday. A third teen, 12 years old, was released on Thursday.

The two youths released Friday will be under house arrest for the next week, according to Walla News.

All three teenagers are suspected of throwing a Molotov cocktail, or petrol bomb, at a Palestinian vehicle that was driving near their settlement and injuring six people.

The attack was widely condemned both within Israel and abroad. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to bring the perpetrators to justice. The US State Department and the Anti-Defamation League also spoke out against the incident, urging Israeli leaders to handle the situation expeditiously and to work to prevent more violence.

 

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