Three border policemen were lightly wounded on Saturday evening while attempting to stop a vehicle carrying suspected Palestinian illegals outside a military base near Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem.
Initial reports had indicated that the Palestinians had intended to attack the border policemen. However, police later said the incident was the result of the vehicle’s occupants apparently attempting to escape arrest.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said security forces had observed two people breach the security fence and enter an Israeli vehicle on a road leading to Jerusalem.
“The report was passed on to vehicular teams who began driving towards the car with the suspects,” she said. When the vehicle ran into traffic, policemen approached it on foot. When the car’s occupants noticed this, they quickly backed up in an attempted to flee “while trying to run over the policemen. The policemen who were in immediate danger shot at the vehicle” while a second border police car blocked its escape route. The suspects’ car then hit the border police vehicle, injuring the troops inside.
Two of the suspects inside the car were shot and suffered light-to-moderate injuries, while another was bruised. The three were arrested.
Police and medical teams rushed to the scene of the incident. The three policemen, aged 21, 29 and 43, were taken to Jerusalem hospitals.
Meanwhile a soldier in northern Israel claimed several Arabs tried to coax him into their car at Hamovil junction, north of Nazareth. He said the told him several times to get into the vehicle, and fled after he cocked his weapon at them. Police said they were investigating the report.
Earlier. a 17-year-old Palestinian teen was shot and killed by Israeli army forces when she pulled out a knife and attempted to stab a soldier at a military post in the West Bank city of Hebron, the IDF said.
The soldier sustained very minor injuries and did not require medical assistance.
A 30-year-old Palestinian man was also moderately injured in the incident, apparently after the woman stabbed him by mistake.
The Palestinian man, who had attempted to stop the woman assailant from attacking the soldier, was given medical aid at the scene and then rushed to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.
According to an initial investigation by the army, the woman hid the knife in a plastic bag before approaching soldiers deployed near the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city.
Hebron, where Hamas is widely supported, has been one of the centers of Palestinian terrorism and violence against Israeli troops and civilians in an upsurge of attacks since October 2015.