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IDF troops shoot two suspected of firebombing West Bank settlement

Attackers threw Molotov cocktails at homes Beit El, military says

Illustrative. Israeli soldiers take part in operations in the West Bank. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative. Israeli soldiers take part in operations in the West Bank. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops shot two people who threw firebombs at homes in the West Bank settlement of Beit El on Monday night, the military said.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers spotted three suspects tossing the firebombs and fired at them, hitting two, the IDF said in a statement.

The incident followed several violent incidents in the West Bank a week ago.

A Palestinian man tried to stab an Israeli soldier during an overnight operation in the West Bank village of Tubas and was shot by another soldier last Monday.

The soldier was lightly wounded in the exchange but succeeded in pushing his attacker back, allowing his commander to open fire, shooting and injuring the assailant.

The incident occurred while the soldiers were trying to carry out an arrest. The army did not clarify if the suspect was a target in that operation.

Later that day, a Palestinian woman was arrested after she entered an illegal agricultural outpost in the central West Bank and allegedly tried to stab the wife of the farm owner, the military said.

Residents of the outpost subdued the Palestinian woman, without seriously injuring her, and handed her over to IDF troops who arrived at the scene.

That night, Israeli troops shot two Palestinian teenagers who were suspected of throwing firebombs at cars along a central West Bank highway. According to Palestinian media, one of the two 17-year-old suspects was seriously injured, while the second sustained light wounds.

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