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3 Israeli soldiers lightly injured in rock-throwing incident

Nov. 20, 2016 7:47 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2016 10:04 P.M.)
Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes near the West Bank town of Beituniya on June 12, 2015. (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Three Israeli soldiers were lightly injured when stones were thrown at their bus south of occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday evening, the Israeli army reported.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that "suspects" threw rocks at a bus near the illegal Israeli settlement of Geva Benyamin, breaking the windshield and several windows. They added that all three soldiers were lightly wounded in the incident, confirming that one of them was taken to a hospital for further treatment.

Stones were also reportedly thrown at another Israeli bus near Beit Ummar in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, causing damages to the bus but no injuries, Hebrew-language media reported.

Israel detains hundreds of Palestinians for alleged stone-throwing every year, and Israeli rights group B'Tselem reported that from 2005 to 2010, "93 percent of the minors convicted of stone throwing were given a prison sentence, its length ranging from a few days to 20 months."

Palestinian stone throwers face harsh penalties by Israeli authorities, with Israel passing a law last year mandating 20 years in prison if charged with throwing stones at vehicles and a minimum prison sentence of three years for throwing a stone at an Israeli.

In addition to long prison sentences, Palestinians accused of stone throwing, or those accused of being affiliated with stone throwers, face arbitrary punishments in the form of road closures and the sealing of entire villages, resulting in serious economic consequences and effects on mobility.

Conversely, Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank seldom result in any actions being taken by Israeli authorities.
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