Jewish settlers rioted in the West Bank overnight Wednesday, throwing stones at Palestinian cars and using pepper spray on IDF troops who were trying to disperse them.
A paratrooper battalion commander and another soldier were slightly injured during the incident.
The riot took place near Huwara, a Palestinian town in the northern West Bank near the city of Nablus, where a group of masked rioters threw stones at Palestinian shops and vehicles.
Security officials warned of such events in recent days and argued that instead of engaging in maintaining the security of Israeli residents, the forces had to deal with violent incidents perpetrated by Jews.
The Jewish settlers protested against near-daily stone-throwing and shooting incidents by local Palestinians. Protest organizers openly stated that each such event will result in a protest in Huwara.
In addition, two other IDF soldiers were pepper sprayed at a nearby junction.
"The Jewish outlaws who attacked the IDF soldiers in Huwara are dangerous criminals who must be denounced and brought to justice without hesitation and with the utmost severity," Prime Minister Yair Lapid said.
"It is inconceivable that IDF troops who diligently and devotedly defend Israeli residents would be violently attacked by Jewish settlers," IDF Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kochavi added. "This is an extremely serious incident that embodies shameful and disgraceful criminal behavior."