Israeli teen, 17, killed in West bank blast blamed on Palestinians
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Israeli teen, 17, killed in West bank blast blamed on Palestinians

IDF search for perpetrators after suspected grenade hurled at father, son and daughter hiking near natural spring

Israeli soldiers patrol a fence in the West Bank.
Israeli soldiers patrol a fence in the West Bank.

An explosion that Israel said was a Palestinian attack killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and wounded her brother and father, Israeli authorities said.

Initially, three Israelis were reported wounded in the blast on Friday at a nature reserve near the Dolev settlement, north west of Jerusalem.

But Israel‘s rescue service, known as Magen David Adom, later said the girl died of her wounds while her 21-year-old brother was in serious condition.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences to the family and vowed to pursue perpetrators and “strengthen” Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank.

The family was at a water spring when the explosion occurred, according to a report.

It was not immediately clear whether an explosive device was thrown at them or had been planted there earlier.

Tensions have been high in the West Bank in recent weeks, fuelled by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a Jerusalem holy site revered by both.

An off-duty Israeli soldier was killed near the West Bank city of Hebron earlier this month.

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl said: “We condemn the bomb attack which killed an innocent 17 year-old Israeli and injured other family members. We stand in solidarity with her family and remain firm in our resolve to defeat terrorism wherever it occurs.”

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