Israeli soldiers allegedly “sought revenge” for the recent kidnapping of an Israeli man’s body by attacking a Palestinian house in the occupied West Bank, Isreali media reported.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the three soldiers, members of the Druze minority, were arrested on Monday on suspicion of throwing an improvised bomb at a Palestinian home.
It is not clear whether the device detonated.
The Israeli military said in a statement that it had launched an investigation into the attack on Palestinians near Bethlehem on Monday by Israeli Druze soldiers but could not provide further details.
Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said if it came to light that the incident was an act of revenge, the military is dealing with a “severe incident which requires accountability”.
It comes after Tiran Fero, a Druze Israeli man, died following a car accident in the occupied West Bank last week.
His body was taken by Palestinian fighters from a Jenin hospital, according to his family.
According to local sources, the fighters informed Palestinian Authority officials in Jenin that they would hold the body until Israel releases the bodies of killed Palestinians, some of which have been retained for several years.
“As a result of the efforts of the security forces and in coordination with the Palestinian authorities, the body of an Israeli man killed in a car accident in Jenin on Tuesday was transferred to his family in Israel,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
Israel currently holds the bodies of some 250 Palestinians killed since 1967, including 105 since 2015.
(The New Arab, PC, SOCIAL)