Jerusalem: The army said on Monday that three Israeli soldiers have been detained for allegedly throwing an improvised bomb at Palestinians near the West Bank city of Bethlehem in revenge for the capture of the body of a teenager last week.
On Wednesday in the occupied West Bank, which has seen an intensification of violence since March, Palestinian gunmen seized the body of an Israeli Druze high-schooler from a hospital in the city of Jenin, where he had been taken after a car accident went. for the Israeli Defense Forces.
The incident fueled hopes that the army might launch an attack to recover the teenager’s body. But it was quietly rolled back after 30 hours of talks that included, according to one diplomat, the United Nations.
The gunmen did not announce their motivation, but Palestinians demonstrated in Jenin the same day, demanding the release of their relatives’ remains, which they said Israel was holding. The Druze are an Arab community in Israel whose members serve in its armed forces.
The Israeli army said in a statement that it had launched an investigation into Monday’s attack by Israeli Druze troops on Palestinians near Bethlehem, but could not provide further details.
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that if it turns out the incident was an act of revenge, the army is “dealing with a serious incident that requires accountability”.
“Israeli soldiers don’t take the law into their hands and exact revenge,” Gantz tweeted.