Tourist Bus Set Afire in Bethlehem

Bethlehem was declared a closed military zone on Thursday after two tourists were injured by stones and a tourist bus was set afire by gasoline bombs.

In neighboring Beit Jallah, an Israel Defense Force reserve soldier guarding a water tank truck was hit in the head by stones and seriously injured. He was rushed to a hospital.

The tourist bus in Bethlehem was parked empty near a local restaurant when it was attacked. The vehicle was destroyed by the flames.

Dozens of suspects were stopped for questioning.

Another tourist bus a few hundred yards away was pelted with rocks, slightly injuring two German visitors. Medics from a passing military ambulance gave them first aid.

The stoning of Israel vehicles escalated at noon when school let out and hundreds of Arab youngsters poured into the street.

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