JERUSALEM: Three Israeli soldiers were detained on Monday after they allegedly threw an improvised bomb at Palestinians near the West Bank city of Bethlehem in retaliation for taking the body of a teenager last week, the army said.
Palestinian gunmen fled on Wednesday with the body of an Israeli Druze high school student from a hospital in the city of Jenin, where he had been taken after a car accident in the occupied West Bank, according to the Israeli Defense Forces. Violence has increased. march.
As a result of this incident, it was expected that the army would launch an attack to recover the body of the teenager. But after about 30 hours of quiet talks, during which, one diplomat claimed, the United Nations was involved, it was quietly returned.
Although the shooters remained silent about their intentions, Palestinians protested in Jenin the same day, calling on Israel to release the remains of relatives they claimed were being held. The Israeli Druze are an Arab ethnic group, and many of them serve in the military.
The Israeli army said in a statement that it had launched an investigation into Monday's attack on Palestinians by Israeli Druze troops near Bethlehem, but was unable to provide any additional details.
According to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, if it turns out that the incident was a form of retaliation, the military is "dealing with a serious incident that requires accountability".
Israeli soldiers do not use the law as a weapon to exact retaliation, Gantz tweeted.