The Shai District Police on Friday continued to probe the circumstances of an incident in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian cab travelling near the West Bank settlement of Bat Ein, injuring six people.
The six were transferred to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital for medical treatment. The hospital stated on Friday that two of the casualties remain in serious condition, while three are in light to moderate condition and another person was released from the hospital after receiving medical treatment.
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IDF sources said an initial investigation has indicated that Israelis were behind the attack, but no arrests have been made as of yet.
Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said Friday that the incident "is very severe and grave. We are investigating in all possible directions and we will capture the assailants."
Aharonovitch added that he has instructed Shai District Police Commander Amos Yaacov to do whatever it takes along with intelligence and security forces to bring to justice the persons behind this deplorable crime."
Palestinian cab after attack (Photo: Israel Police)
Settlers on Friday claimed that following the incident, Shin Bet agents spoke with youths in Beit Ein, and members of Honenu legal aid organization claimed that one teen was called out of a party, while another was visited by Shin Bet agents during the night.
Earlier, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the incident and sent a message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in which he said that security forces were making every effort to locate those responsible and bring them to justice.
Meanwhile, dozens of people participated in a solidarity rally organized by Tag Meir Forum in support of the Palestinian casualties. During the rally, representatives of Jewish groups denounced what they called "a terror attack against the villagers."
"We must not ignore the escalation of price tag operations. Those who overlooked the torching of mosques and uprooting of olive trees will be wise to instruct security forces to apprehend the price tag people who tried to assassinate an innocent Palestinian family," said Tag Meir Forum Chairman Dr. Gadi Gavriyahu.
Noam 'Dabul' Dvir contributed to this report