Israeli treated for anxiety after rock thrown at Rachel’s Tomb
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Israeli treated for anxiety after rock thrown at Rachel’s Tomb

Police launch search of area after incident near Bethlehem; windscreen of parked car also damaged

An ultra-Orthodox man within the heavily fortified space of Rachel's Tomb (Sege Attal/Flash 90)
An ultra-Orthodox man within the heavily fortified space of Rachel's Tomb (Sege Attal/Flash 90)

An Israeli woman was treated for anxiety on Tuesday night, after a rock was thrown at the holy site of Rachel’s Tomb, in the West Bank.

According to a statement by Israel Police, the woman suffered an anxiety attack after the rock was thrown. Officers from the police and Border Police were searching the area for suspects.

The windshield of a parked car was also damaged.

The tomb, located outside the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, is believed to be the burial place of the biblical matriarch Rachel, the second wife of Jacob. The site is considered holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The site has been subject to numerous attacks by Palestinians in the past. In October, seven suspects from the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem were detained in a number of joint operations by Israel security forces for planning and carrying out a number of attacks at the site in which they used improvised explosive devices and threw rocks.

Last October, the Israel Defense Force placed concrete barriers around the site, in order to protect worshipers there from rock throwing and Molotov cocktails.

 

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