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Two soldiers injured after Palestinians throw stones at Rachel’s Tomb

By Mason White 6:12 PM March 24, 2014
The scene of the incident 

By: Devansh Dutt
Two soldiers suffered injuries after Palestinians rioted at the Rachel’s Tomb, which is located at the Jerusalem – Bethlehem border, the Israeli military said in a statement.

Rescue workers said that two officers of the Border Guard, were injured after being stoned at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, just a day after a raid by the IDF that killed three Palestinian terrorists in Jenin.

The two soldiers suffered mild to moderate injuries and were transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that Palestinians threw explosive devises and Molotov cocktails towards members of the Border Guard at the Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem, but the soldiers reportedly suffered injuries caused by stones thrown at them from the rooftops.

Eight Palestinians were injured during the riots.

Last January, a teen was hospitalized after a bomb exploded at Rachel’s Tomb, according to police reports in Israel. A 19-year-old man was injured when a homemade bomb exploded at the complex of Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem. A large number of police officers responded to the scene, and they launched an investigation.

An initial investigation found that the bomb was thrown from the east side of the complex into the lower parking lot, where the teen was standing. He was injured by shrapnel and received medical treatment. He was transported by Magen David Adom to a local hospital for further treatment.

Police at the scene examined the explosive device and began searching for the suspects. The case followed an incident in which a grenade was thrown at an IDF base near Bethlehem. There were no injuries or damage in that incident.