IDF nabs 10 in Route 5 stone-throwing attack
Stones thrown at vehicles near Ariel caused a serious crash that left a toddler fighting for her life.
Bus damaged by stones on Route 5 near Ariel, March 14 Photo: Channel 10
IDF special forces arrested ten Palestinian men overnight Friday on suspicion of hurling rocks at an Israeli vehicle and being behind an attack that led the car to veer off the road, hit a truck, and leave a three-year-old girl fighting for her life. Three members of her family were moderately injured in the incident.
The suspects were arrested after "accurate intelligence that was quickly assembled" reached the army, the IDF said. Duvdevan undercover soldiers took part in the arrest operation.
Eights suspects were arrested in the village of Haras, and two in the village of Harath, southeast of Kalkiliya.
The arrest operation was led by the commander of the Efraim Regional Brigade, Col. Ran Kahana. The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Israel Police also took part. The suspects have been taken for questioning.
The IDF said it took a grave view of rock throwing attacks, and vowed to continue to act overtly and covertly to secure the residents of the area.
A senior army
source told The Jerusalem Post, “We will, through intelligence and operational
steps, seek to capture the attackers.”
Among those lightly wounded on the
bus by glass shattered by rocks was the wife of former Likud MK Yehiel
But the Magen David Adom medics who raced to the scene near the
Barkan settlement, not far from Ariel, around 6:25 p.m. focused on the
mother, 32, and her daughters, aged two, four and six.
It took 25 minutes
to pull the family out of the car, medic Muawia Kabha said.
girl was not breathing and was resuscitated with a mouth-to-mouth procedure, he
said. Medics were able to revive her, but she was unconscious and in critical
condition, he said.
The mother was also in moderate condition but was
conscious, Kabha said. The two girls in the back seat were moderately wounded,
because they were not in the part of the vehicle trapped under the truck, he
“It was an awful scene. It looked like a terrorist attack,” he
The mother, the toddler and the six-year-old were moved to
Schneider Hospital after being taken to the Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson
Campus in Petah Tikva, while the four-year-old was sent to Sheba Medical Center
in Tel Hashomer.
Mickey Rosenfeld said police had received a number of calls about stone-throwing
on the road at that time.
The Shin Bet
(Israel Security Agency) released a report on Tuesday documenting a significant
rise in Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in
A total of 139 attacks, including firebombings and the use of
improvised explosives, took place in February, compared to 83 in
One hundred of February’s attacks took place in the West Bank –
84 of them firebombings – compared to 56 in the previous month.
capital, 38 attacks – 35 of them firebombings – were registered by the Shin Bet
in February, compared to 27 in January.