Army vehicle firebombed during pre-dawn arrest raid
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Army vehicle firebombed during pre-dawn arrest raid

Residents of Tubas, in northern West Bank, throw Molotov cocktail at soldiers' jeep, causing no injuries, but serious damage

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: A Border Police car on fire after Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. (Screen capture)
Illustrative: A Border Police car on fire after Palestinians threw a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle, in Jerusalem on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. (Screen capture)

A military vehicle was seriously damaged when a firebomb was thrown at it by Palestinians in the northeastern West Bank early Wednesday morning, the army said.

There were no injuries reported.

The soldiers riding in the vehicle were entering the Palestinian village of Tubas, northeast of Nablus, in order to conduct a pre-dawn arrest raid, when they came under attack by several residents, the army said.

The jeep was pelted with rocks and Molotov cocktails, one of which ignited and caused significant damage to the vehicle.

The Israeli troops responded with less-lethal riot dispersal means, like stun grenades, in order to drive back the attackers.

One person was arrested in Tubas. Elsewhere in the West Bank, the Israel Defense Forces arrested seven Palestinians, an army spokesperson said.

All eight are suspected of throwing rocks at Israeli troops or civilians, the military said.

On an almost nightly basis, Israeli soldiers and police officers enter Palestinian villages and cities to arrest people, mostly young men and teenagers, suspected of throwing rocks at passing cars in the West Bank or taking part in violent protests against security forces.

Photo of a bullet hole on the windshield of an Israeli bus shot at while driving in the northern West Bank on December 5, 2017. (Courtesy)

On Tuesday night, shots were fired at an Israeli bus in the northern West Bank, causing no injuries but breaking the vehicle’s windshield.

The shooting came as the Hamas terrorist group declared Friday “a day of rage” to protest US President Donald Trump’s intention to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The Gaza-based terror group called for confrontations with Israel after Friday prayers.

Israeli security services were preparing for the possibility of violence in the West Bank in light of Palestinian terrorist groups calling for demonstrations in response to US Trump’s expected moves.

There were no immediate reports of large troop call-ups or significant reinforcements to West Bank units.

The Israel Police, the Shin Bet security service, and the IDF’s Central Command have held meetings in recent days in which they reviewed possible scenarios in the event Trump follows through on his declared intention to change America’s policy on the capital.

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