Police release video of shootout with Palestinian

The Israel Police releases footage of a shootout between officers and a suspected terrorist in a Ramallah home early this morning.

The 37-second, edited video shows an officer from the police counterterrorism unit inspect an overhead crawlspace, where Basel al-A’araj was hiding.

Smoke and apparent gunshots can be seen coming from the crawlspace, prompting return fire by police.

At one point, an officer can be seen tossing what is presumably a stun grenade into the crawlspace.

According to police, the 31-year-old al-A’araj had been part of a terrorist group planning to carry out attacks on Israeli civilians.

In addition to the Carlo-style improvised submachine gun used by al-A’araj during the gunfire exchange, the police and IDF also located an M-16 assault rifle in the home, officials said.

— Judah Ari Gross

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