Israel Arrests Seven Palestinian Teens Over Pipe-bomb Attack on Rachel's Tomb

The seven, aged 16-17, allegedly threw makeshift explosives at holy Jewish site near Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The Rachel Tomb's compound near Bethlehem.
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Israeli security force arrested seven Palestinian minors for throwing pipe bombs at the Rachel's Tomb compound in Bethlehem in the West Bank in recent months.

During their interrogations, the teens reportedly confessed to their role "in a number of incidents, including throwing pipe bombs at the Rachel's Tomb compound," an Israeli police statement said Thursday, adding they were also suspected of stone-throwing.

Four of the teens, aged 16 to 17, from the Palestinian al-Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, were arrested last week, while the remaining three were taken in overnight Wednesday by police and military forces.

Police claim the group found bomb-making instructions online. Police say they expect additional arrests to be made and they will request a military court rule to keep all seven in custody.