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Palestinians suspected of firebombing cabin at illegal outpost; man lightly hurt

Military says it is searching for culprits who threw Molotov cocktails into the West Bank building at 2 a.m. while 4 young men inside were sleeping, causing light damage

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

A fire rages outside a cabin in the illegal Oz Zion outpost in the central West Bank after it was firebombed on April 29, 2021. (Courtesy)
A fire rages outside a cabin in the illegal Oz Zion outpost in the central West Bank after it was firebombed on April 29, 2021. (Courtesy)

The Israeli military launched a search for a group of Palestinians suspected of firebombing a cabin at an illegal outpost in the central West Bank in the predawn hours of Thursday morning while four people were inside, the Israel Defense Forces said.

One of the four young men who was sleeping in the cabin was lightly injured as he jumped out of a window to escape the flames.

According to the man, at roughly 2 a.m., he and the other three men awoke to find the structure on fire after several Molotov cocktails had been thrown into the cabin, located in the Oz Zion outpost in the central West Bank, near the Beit El settlement.

The other three who were closer to the door ran out, while he was forced to jump out of the window.

The flames were quickly extinguished, but the attack caused damage to the building and the property inside.

Remains of Molotov cocktails that were thrown into a cabin in the illegal Oz Zion outpost in the central West Bank on April 29, 2021. (Fire and Rescue Services)

“IDF troops are searching for the terrorists who threw firebombs at the Oz Zion outpost,” the military said.

The illegal Oz Zion outpost was first built in 2005 and has been torn down by the Israeli military and rebuilt multiple times over the past 16 years.

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