Middle East

Palestinian taxi hit by fire-bomb in West Bank

Six people have been injured after a fire-bomb was thrown at a Palestinian taxi in the West Bank.

Israeli officials said there were indications that Israeli civilians were behind the attack, which took place near the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin.

Palestinian medics said those hurt were all members of one family, among them the driver and two young children.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said those responsible for the "grave incident" would be caught.

An Israeli police spokesman said police and soldiers were searching the area for suspects, and that security had been increased on local roads.

Israeli media report that tracks were found from the scene of the attack to Bat Ayin, which is located south of Jerusalem.

Security sources told the Jerusalem Post that it would have been obvious to the assailants that they were targeting a Palestinian taxi.

The taxi burst into flames and flipped over after being hit by the bomb.

In recent months, Jewish radicals have carried out attacks in retaliation for Israeli government action against settlement expansion.

Mosques, private Palestinian property and Israeli security forces installations in the West Bank have been targeted.

About 500,000 Jews live in more than 100 settlements built since Israel's 1967 occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The settlements are considered illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.