Israeli police detained 12 Palestinians citizens of Israel in the Negev at dawn on Sunday over suspicions of being involved in a rock-throwing incident.
Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the 12 individuals, all in their twenties and thirties, were suspected of throwing rocks at police vehicles that were chasing a car without license plates in the town of Rahat on Thursday.
An Israeli police officer was reportedly injured in the incident, and three police vehicles were damaged, al-Samri added.
Israel detains hundreds of Palestinians for alleged stone throwing every year.
Palestinian stone throwers face harsh penalties by Israeli authorities, with Israel passing a laws in 2015 allowing for up to 20 years in prison if charged with throwing stones at vehicles and a minimum of three years for the act of throwing a stone at an Israeli — legislation rights groups say was designed specifically to target Palestinians, as Israelis and settlers are rarely prosecuted under the same standards of the law.