West Bank teens riot during army drill


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A soldier and two Border Police officers were injured when West Bank teens rioted, believing an army exercise was an eviction.

Some 30 teens threw rocks and bottles filled with paint at Israeli soldiers and other Israeli security forces Wednesday evening in the middle of an exercise aimed at defending Israeli communities against terrorist attacks, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

 The exercise took place in the northern West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, located near Nablus.

The rioting teens also blocked the community’s gate to prevent the security forces from leaving.

In addition to the injuries, several military vehicles were damaged, according to the IDF.

The IDF had cleared the exercise with community leaders, according to reports.

"The IDF condemns tonight’s events, and will take severe measures against those involved," an IDF statement said.

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