IDF soldier lightly wounded in IED attack near Nablus
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IDF soldier lightly wounded in IED attack near Nablus

In separate incident nearby, army nabs three Palestinians holding pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails; another 13 people arrested elsewhere in West Bank

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

Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the central West Bank on February 23, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: IDF soldiers during an arrest raid in the central West Bank on February 23, 2017. (Israel Defense Forces)

A soldier was lightly wounded when an improvised explosive device was thrown at him near the West Bank city of Nablus early Thursday morning, the army said.

The soldier’s unit was on patrol in the Balata refugee camp as a group of Israeli Jews visited a pilgrimage site on the outskirts of the northern West Bank city.

After the IED attack, the soldier was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, the Israel Defense Forces said.

An army spokesperson said she “was not aware” of any arrests made in connection to the IED.

The incident occured as troops Those troops were overseeing a visit of some 1,200 Jewish worshipers to the Joseph’s Tomb holy site in Nablus.

These pilgrimages occur on a monthly basis and are often flashpoints for Palestinian firebombings, rock throwings and other low level clashes between local residents and IDF troops.

During the visit, Israeli troops arrested three people in Nablus who were armed with a pipe bomb, two Molotov cocktails and a knife, the army said.

No one was injured in the incident, and no damage was caused. The suspects were handed over to the police and Shin Bet for further interrogation, the IDF added.

Israeli soldiers seen guarding Jewish men praying in the compound of Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus on June 10, 2013. (Yaakov naumi / Flash90)
Israeli soldiers seen guarding Jewish men praying in the compound of Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus on June 10, 2013. (Yaakov naumi / Flash90)

Elsewhere in the West Bank, the army arrested 13 other Palestinians for rock throwing and taking part in violent protests.

Four of them were arrested in Aboud, outside Ramallah; four were picked up in Bayt Umar, near Hebron; four were from Qabatiya, outside Jenin; and one was arrested in Abu Dis, near Jerusalem.

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