(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Three Israelis were lightly wounded overnight Tuesday when terrorists hurled rocks and firebombs at vehicles on Route 443, a main highway linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. While responding with gunfire at the suspected perpetrators of the attack, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops mistakenly killed a Palestinian bystander. At least one other Palestinian was wounded.
“After an initial inquiry, it appears that uninvolved bystanders were mistakenly hit during the pursuit,” an IDF spokesperson said.
The mistakenly killed Palestinian was identified as 15-year-old Mahmoud Badran.
Two Palestinian suspects were apprehended by the IDF. According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the suspects are believed to have poured oil on the road, in addition to throwing rocks and firebombs.
Two of the three Israeli victims were wounded as boulders smashed into the windows of their vehicle. Another man was hurt in a separate vehicle. All three Israelis were hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and two of the three have been released.