Last updated: 26 August, 2012

Israel arrests settler minors over West Bank attack

Israeli police said on Sunday that they had arrested three minors from the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin on suspicion of an August 16 petrol bomb attack which injured six Palestinians, one badly.

“Police have arrested three suspects, all of them between the ages of 12 and 13… under suspicion of being connected with the incident two weeks ago in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

He said they were from Bat Ayin, near the site of the attack in the Bethlehem area.

In the assault, condemned both by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US State Department, a Palestinian family from Nahalin village was heading to a supermarket when their bright yellow vehicle — marking it as a Palestinian taxi — was hit by the firebomb.

The father of the family, sitting next to the driver, was stuck in the car when it flipped over into a ditch after the attack and suffered burns to his face and body.

The other occupants, among them two children, were less badly hurt.