- Footage shows the soldier walking towards mosque and lobbing the grenade
An Israeli soldier who threw a grenade at a mosque in the Palestinian West Bank has been suspended, according to Israeli Defence Forces.
The military man was seen in footage on social media approaching the building in the village of Budrus.
The video shows him walking towards the mosque at night, lobbing the grenade towards the door and walking away – with the call to prayer echoing in the background.
An explosion is then heard and the chant stops suddenly as the video cuts out.
In a statement posted on Friday night the IDF said it took the incident ‘extremely seriously’, adding the soldier was ‘suspended pending a full investigation’.
They said ‘appropriate disciplinary action will be taken’ on the soldier.
Israeli police investigators also upped the death toll from the Nova music festival to 364 last night – having previously said 270 people were killed at the event in the Negev desert.
The new figure means a quarter of victims in the Hamas bloodbath lost their lives at the event, with police saying they are confident Hamas did not know about the festival.
More than 230 hostages were taken in the October 7 Hamas raids and at least 1,200 people were killed.
Survivors have told how they fled the carnage as terrorists set fire to cars, gunned others down and took hostages away to Gaza on motorbikes and pick-up trucks.
Dozens of cars were abandoned after terrorists stormed the festival, close to the Gaza Strip, as part of its surprise assault last month.
Several vehicles were burnt out while whole windows were missing from many of the cars.
Tents, including those used to host events at the festival, were also abandoned by organisers and festivalgoers alike.
Haunting images revealed the eerie quiet that settled over the site of the Nova festival – where 364 reportedly lost their lives.
Festivalgoers knew there was a risk of rocket attacks. But they did not expect a truckloads of gunmen cutting power to the festival and storming the site, firing indiscriminately into the crowd.
On Saturday a march by families of the hostages which left Tel Aviv on Tuesday is due to end with a rally in Jerusalem.
It has also been announced by the Tanzanian government that a citizen of the country, taken hostage last month, died.
Clemence Felix Mtenga, 22, was taken in a raid by Hamas terrorists at the Nahal Oz kibbutz although it was not immediately clear where he died or how it was confirmed.
The statement from the Tanzanian Foreign Ministry said it was in contact with Israeli authorities over the fate of another national named as Joshua Mollel.
Officials in Israel said that both men were in the country as part of an agricultural internship programmer when they were kidnapped and taken into Gaza.