Unknown assailants slashed the tires of Samaria Brigade Commander Colonel Yoav Yarom's vehicle during a routine visit to the settlement of Yitzhar. Police has launched an investigation into the event.
The tires of the same senior commander's jeep were slashed at the same spot three months ago.
The incident took place while Yarom was touring the area with his successor, Colonerl Shay Kalper. Suspects have yet to be arrested.
The first incident in which Yarom's tires were slashed took place when he met with local leaders in Yitzhar for a routine meeting, which dealt with defense of the settlement and coordination of the activities of security officers in the region.
Upon returning to his jeep at the end of the meeting, Yarom found that his vehicle, which was parked in the heart of the settlement, was vandalized. He reported the incident to the police, which launched an investigation.
The committee of Yitzhar residents and Samaria Regional Council condemned the attack and announced that they "see with great severity any harm to IDF soldiers, and of course the Samaria Brigade Commander who came to help. The residents in the area fixed the torn tire and apologized for the event."
A week ago, another incident occurred when, under similar circumstances and in the same location, the windows of a different senior officer's vehicle were smashed on a routine visit to Yitzhar.
The IDF Spokesperson's Unit responded to Sunday's event: "During a routine visit by Samaria Brigade Commander to the village of Yitzhar, his tires were slashed for the second time this year. The army sees such actions with great severity. Harming the IDF's commanders and soldiers who day-and-night work towards protecting the citizens of the State of Israel is crossing a red line."