Couple in West Bank hurt in firebomb attack
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Couple in West Bank hurt in firebomb attack

The two manage to escape, but car burned to a crisp; third attack against Israelis in under 24 hours

The aftermath of a firebomb attack near Tekoa in the West Bank, on November 8, 2013 (photo credit: Peter Lerner/Twitter)
The aftermath of a firebomb attack near Tekoa in the West Bank, on November 8, 2013 (photo credit: Peter Lerner/Twitter)

A couple driving along a road in the West Bank near the settlement of Tekoa were hurt after their car was attacked with a firebomb in the early hours of Friday morning.

The couple managed to escape with some non-life threatening injuries and were being treated at the hospital. The car was burned to a crisp.

IDF and emergency services were at the scene. Soldiers were sweeping the area to try to determine where the attack originated.

“It is a miracle we didn’t start the day with two funerals. Until when will the government keep sticking its head in the sand, chasing a peace process that is dead even before it has begun?” asked the head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, David Perl, of which Tekoa is a part.

“I call on the government to pull itself together and stop participating in this charade that only brings terror upon us,” he added.

IDF Spokesman Peter Lerner tweeted a picture of the burned car, with the hashtag “terror doesn’t pay.”

Some two dozen residents in the area held a demonstration at noon Friday, demanding better protection from the government in the settlements.

Some two dozen Gush Etzion residents held a demonstration Friday November 8, 2013 to demand better protection in the settlements. The protest came in response to a firebomb attack on a couple's car earlier in the day. The two managed to escape, sustaining light injuries. (Photo credit: Elie Leshem/Times of Israel)
Some two dozen Gush Etzion residents held a demonstration Friday November 8, 2013 to demand better protection in the settlements. The protest came in response to a firebomb attack on a couple’s car earlier in the day. The two managed to escape, sustaining light injuries. (Photo credit: Elie Leshem/Times of Israel)

The incident marks the third suspected terror-related event in 24 hours.

Late Thursday night, a Palestinian man was killed at a checkpoint in Abu Dis near Jerusalem after he tried to stab a Border Police guard, Army Radio reported.

Earlier on Thursday, a Palestinian man was shot to death at Tapuah Junction, near the West Bank city of Ariel, when he fired a flare gun toward Israelis at a hitchhiking post.

IDF soldiers in the area opened fire, killing him on the spot, Ynet reported. No one else was injured in the incident.

Earlier in the day, an IDF officer was nearly run over while conducting operations near the West Bank village of Naalin.

The officer, a company commander, was standing outside his vehicle during the operation when a Palestinian driver allegedly attempted to ram him. Soldiers opened fire at the car, and the driver fled. The vehicle was found abandoned several hours later.

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