Police Detain Settler Youths Suspected of Vandalizing Palestinian Property

Two yeshiva students held for alleged attack on Palestinian pipeline, while two others arrested for assaulting police at the scene.

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An illustrative photo of an arrest.
An illustrative photo of an arrest.Credit: Michal Petael
Yotam Berger
Yotam Berger

Israeli police investigating vandalism in a Palestinian village detained four settlers, all minors and yeshiva students, at a West Bank settlement on Monday.

Two of those held are suspected vandals while two others were taken into custody for assaulting police at the scene.

Police conducted the arrests at the Nahliel settlement. While trying to arrest two suspects, two other minors assaulted them to try and help the wanted pupils escape.

One of the youths was injured in the face during the arrest. A photograph from the scene shows him with a nose bleed.

The suspects were taken for questioning.

The right-wing Honenu group which helps defend right-wing Israelis suspected of politically motivated crimes said several staff members and pupils from the yeshiva had been called in recent weeks to testify about damage done to a pipeline in an Arab village, near where students had been hiking.

Last month security forces arrested an 18-year-old from a West Bank settlement suspected of involvement in nationalist crimes.

Police have denied the minor's the right to see an attorney and his detention has been extended without legal advice. The suspect's identity is under gag order.  

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