Palestinian teens arrested for rock throwing that injured Jewish girl

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Five Palestinian teens involved in a rock attack on a car in the West Bank which critically injured a Jewish girl were arrested.

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The teens, ages 16 and 17 from the town of Kifl Haris near Kalkilya, were arrested Sunday in a joint operation of the Shin Bet Security Agency, the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Police.

In the attack on March 14, a car driven by a woman carrying her three young daughters swerved after being hit by rocks thrown by the teens and struck a truck. The woman and two of girls were moderately injured, the third, three-year-old Adele Biton, remains hospitalized in serious condition.

A bus passing at the same time was also hit with rocks, injuring the driver and two passengers.

The IDF said in a statement announcing the arrests that in recent months “there has been an increase in acts of popular terrorism and rock hurling incidents. The severe results of this incident reiterate the serious threat posed by seemingly innocuous activities.”

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