Vandals slashed the tires of an IDF vehicle at the Yitzhar settlement on Monday evening as supplies were being brought to soldiers at the West Bank community.
A truck bringing a chemical toilet to soldiers stationed as a security detail at the settlement was targeted in the attack.
“During a visit by an officer from the Shomron Region Brigade at the Yitzhar settlement the tires of his vehicle were punctured,” the IDF said in a statement. “The IDF takes a serious view of this kind of action against the IDF, its commanders and soldiers, who work day and night in collaboration with other security forces in protecting the citizens of the country.”
A Border Police detachment was stationed in the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva building in April, after a string of attacks on Israeli military personnel by local settlers. The officers have been stationed there in a bid to prevent violence and vandalism against security staff and the surrounding Palestinian villages.
The decision to station them there came after an enraged mob protesting the demolition of five illegal buildings in the area of Yitzhar stormed an army post in the settlement. The attack was preceded by several acts of vandalism against IDF vehicles in and around Yitzhar.
According to a military source, the settlers threatened the reservist soldiers manning the post and told them to stand aside to avoid injury. Eight people, including six border guards, were injured, and all of the military equipment at the site was destroyed, including tents, heating equipment, a toilet, and a water tank.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.