With security forces on high alert following a spate of deadly terror attacks, police on Wednesday shot two East Jerusalem Palestinians in the city’s main public market during an arrest that turned violent.
The suspects suffered light injuries to their lower extremities. An officer was also hurt.
Police said that the men raised suspicions with their behavior and remarks as they were traveling on the Jerusalem Light Rail, which they took the Mahane Yehuda Market. Members of the public then alerted police.
Officers arrived at the scene and after a search located the men in a butcher shop in the market.
As police approached them, the two suspects “brutally attacked officers with punches and chokeholds,” the statement said.
“In light of the danger to police at the scene due to the unusual violence the suspects showed toward them,” an officer shot the suspects in the lower body, causing them light injuries, police said, citing medical assessments of their condition.
The arrested men were taken away for medical treatment. One officer was also injured in the face.
Jerusalem District Commander Doron Turgeman arrived at the scene and held a situational assessment, and police said they opened an investigation into the incident.
Video shared on social media allegedly from the incident showed special patrol officers detaining two men who were pinned to the floor of the butcher shop. Other videos showed the massive police response to the incident.
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The incident disrupted service on the Jerusalem Light Rail, which stops at the main entrance of the market. Service was eventually resumed.
Separately Wednesday, police confirmed reports of a major search operation for a suspicious person in the southern city of Kiryat Malachi, and said they apprehended the man, an illegal Palestinian worker.
Police said the incident came during a sweep for West Bank residents who did not have permits to be in the country and that 17 suspects were detained. During the course of the operation, one of the suspects fled. Local residents, who saw the man run off, alerted police, leading to media reports of the incident.
A major search operation, which also made use of a police helicopter, eventually uncovered the man, a resident of the West Bank.
Palestinian residents of the West Bank must obtain a special permit to enter Israel for work. However, many thousands slip into the country without proper paperwork to work illegally in jobs.
Also causing a brief terror scare was a stabbing Wednesday in the coastal city of Netanya in which a man, 32, was lightly injured and required hospital treatment. Police stressed in a statement in the wake of the incident, however, that it was not a terror attack and that the stabber was a Jewish man who apparently suffered from a mental disorder.
The flurry of incidents, all during the morning hours, came a day after five people were killed in a terror attack in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv.
A Palestinian gunman from the West Bank, who was illegally in Israel, shot dead two fathers, a police officer, and two Ukrainian nationals in a shooting spree before he was killed by police.
There have been two other terror attacks over the past week, in Beersheba and in Hadera. In total, 11 people have been killed by terrorists in the attacks.