A group of seven underage Palestinians from the Aida Refugee Camp was arrested on suspicion of preparing and throwing explosive devices at those who came to pray at Rachel's Tomb, located near the northern entrance to Bethlehem. Though no one was reported to have been injured, the seven supposedly caused a great deal of damage to the surrounding area.
The young boys, aged 16–17, reportedly learned how to prepare these bombs off the internet. They admitted under interrogation of carrying out a large number of events during which they threw pipe bombs and rocks at those visiting the site.
The group purchased the materials for the homemade bombs from within the Palestinian territories. They reportedly gathered around Rachel's Tomb on Friday afternoons, when they would throw the explosive devices and then run back to disappear into the Aida camp.
The military court extended the arrests of three of the suspects on Wednesday. The investigation is still ongoing, and additional arrests are expected.