Three Bat Ayin Children Arrested for Fire-bomb Attack That Wounded Six Palestinians in Taxi

Judea and Samaria Police arrested three 12- and 13-year-olds yesterday afternoon from the settlement of Bat Ayin. The three are suspected of hurling a fire bomb two weeks ago at a taxi, wounding six members of a Palestinian family.

The minors were arrested at the yeshiva where they study in Bat Ayin and were brought to the Magistrate's Court in Jerusalem. A police source told Haaretz that evidence found at the scene of the crime led to the arrests. David Halevi, the minors' attorney, provided by the Honenu pro-settler organization, said the minors deny any involvement in the incident.

Two members of the Palestinian family were severely injured in the incident, one suffered moderate injuries and three others were only lightly wounded. After the event, eyewitnesses told the Palestinian news agency Maan that they saw the youths who hurled the fire bomb escape in the direction of Bat Ayin.

Hassan Raida, 27, said at the time that "we were on our way to do some shopping, the driver saw two people about to throw something, he tried to escape but then it hit us."

Raida added that it did not feel like a fire bomb but rather "an explosive that went off in the car."

Following the incident, Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon said that the event represented "a terrorist attack," adding that such incidents "run contrary to Jewish morality and values, and constitute first and foremost an educational and moral failure."