A bus carrying Jewish school children was hit by iron projectiles while driving past the Palestinian town of Huwara on Sunday night. The windshield was damaged but no one was hurt.
At the same time, a public Israeli bus was pelted with stones north of Jerusalem, near the Jewish community of Adam, lightly injuring five passengers including the bus driver.
“Moments ago shots were fired at a civilian bus south of Nablus. No injuries reported. Forces are searching for the perpetrator,” stated the IDF Spokesperson’s unit shortly after the incident on Sunday night.
The IDF later discovered that, in fact, the bus was hit not by gunfire but by crude iron balls. “A forensic analysis reveals that the bus was struck by iron balls that apparently were not fired by a firearm,” said an IDF spokesperson on Monday morning.
This is the second time in two weeks that an Israeli school bus carrying children was attacked by Palestinian terrorists. Nearly two weeks ago, an Israeli school bus filled with about 50 tenth-grade boys was struck by bullets south of Jerusalem. No students were injured in either attack.
Simultaneous to the attack on the school bus on Sunday night, a public bus was pelted by stones north of Jerusalem near the Jewish town of Adam. According to paramedics of Magen David Adom (MDA), five individuals were treated at the scene for light injuries, including the bus driver.
The attacks come at the conclusion of Jerusalem Day, in which Israelis celebrate the reunification of Jerusalem – in particular the liberation of the Old City from Jordanian forces – in the Six Day War of 1967.