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Man hurls training grenade at senior defense official’s home over parking spat

No damage caused by small explosion in Sderot; ministry figure said to have previously alerted police about feud with neighbor

A training grenade that was hurled toward a home in Sderot, January 1, 2022. (Courtesy)
A training grenade that was hurled toward a home in Sderot, January 1, 2022. (Courtesy)

A practice grenade used for military training was hurled toward the home of a senior Defense Ministry official in southern Israel on Saturday night.

Police said they launched an investigation into the incident in Sderot. The ministry official was not named.

“Investigators are collecting evidence in order to identify the suspect,” police said in a statement.

Hebrew-language media reports said the incident was related to an ongoing parking dispute between the official and one of his neighbors, which has lasted for at least six months.

The grenade did not cause any damage. Training grenades simulate the weight of a real grenade, and cause a small explosion and puff of smoke.

Channel 12 news reported that in the past the official had alerted police to the argument with the neighbor, fearing for his safety and that of his family, but nothing was done.

No arrests were immediately made.

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