Tuesday evening, one Israeli soldier was injured after a molotov cocktail was thrown at a military jeep near the Church of the Nativity, a holy site for Christians, who believe it is the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Israeli sources corrected an earlier report that there had been an explosion on the
main Bethlehem-Hebron Road, near Efrat settlement.
The soldier was transferred to an Israeli hospital after suffering light-to-moderate wounds. No Palestinian faction claimed responsibility for the attack.
Following the incident, troops increased the military presence in the area and invaded the Palestinian nearby village of Nahhaleen, beit Fajjar, Jouret Al Shm'a, and Mrah Rabah.
The Palestine News Network (PNN) reported that soldiers detained dozens of youth in public squares for several hours, broke into several homes and searched them; no arrests were reported.
Also, soldiers closed the main road in the area, the tunnel road in Beit Jala, and road number 60.