Israeli family of 5 injured in West Bank firebomb attack


(JTA) — Five Israelis, including a 4-year-old girl, were hurt near the West Bank settlement of Beit El when a firebomb hit their family car.

The 4-year-old sustained moderate injuries, while her parents, brother and 12-year-old sister were lightly injured in the attack Friday, Army Radio reported. All family members were hospitalized in Jerusalem for treatment. Security forces are searching for suspects in the attack.

Earlier Friday, an Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in an apparent stabbing attack by a Palestinian youth, who was also injured.

The incident occurred Friday morning at the Jaba’a roadblock south of Bethlehem, Army Radio reported. The Palestinian, identified by the Maan news agency as 16-year-old Musab Muhammad Ghneimat from the town of Surif near Hebron, stabbed a soldier, who Maan reported was a Bedouin Israeli, while the soldier and several others were performing routine security checks at the roadblock, according to Army Radio.

The soldiers fired at the Palestinian, stopping him from carrying out further attacks. Maan reported that he was wounded but did not immediately specify the severity of his injuries.

On Thursday, Hamas called for a “day of rage” the following day against Israelis — a term that often translates into violent riots and clashes with Israeli security forces.

Eight Israelis and at least 42 Palestinians have died since the beginning of a major upsurge in Palestinian terrorist attacks last month. Israel has described a number of the Palestinians as assailants.

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