Daily Israel Report

'Organized' Firebomb Attack on Bus Carrying Knesset Member

Five firebombs thrown at bus to Hevron carrying MK Orit Struk. 'This was not a spontaneous attack.'
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 11/5/2013, 9:40 AM

Arab Throwing Molotov Cocktail
Arab Throwing Molotov Cocktail
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Five firebombs were thrown at a bus on Egged's 160 line from Jerusalem to Hevron at midnight, Monday evening, as it passed the Judean Jewish community of Karmei Tzur. IDF troops immediately arrived at the scene to search the area for the perpetrators; forces found additional bottles ready to be thrown. No one was hurt.

Bayit Yehudi MK Orit Struk, who was returning home from a Knesset session on the bus, commented on the severity of the attack, saying that the ambush appeared to have been "planned in advance."

"The event was unusual in its extent. This was not a spontaneous action of a single strike, but the organized activity of a [terror] squad," she said.

Despite the apparent ferocity of the attack, no injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, last night, IDF forces in Judea and Samaria managed to arrest 7 wanted terrorists. One terrorist was arrested in the Arab settlement of Saida, near Jenin; two were arrested in the settlement of Zeita; 3 wanted men were apprehended in Shechem (Nablus); and one was arrested in the Samaria settlement of Azzun. All of the men were turned over to Israeli security forces for questioning.

The IDF has stepped up efforts to arrest Arab terrorists over the past few weeks, after an increasing wave of violence against Jews has swept across Judea and Samaria.