Arabs Who Wounded 3-Year-Old in Terror Attack Arrested

Arabs riot at the Kalandiya checkpoin. Issam Rimawi/FLASH90
Arabs riot at the Kalandiya checkpoint. (Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Three Arab terrorists who attacked Israeli vehicles outside Yerushalayim last year, wounding a three-year-old girl in one attack, were arrested Thursday. The attack occurred on the Ramallah bypass road in October 2015, targeting a family that was driving home. A three-year-old girl was moderately wounded in the attack. The three said under questioning that the attack was part of a wider effort to make travel on that road “unbearable” for Israelis.

Also Thursday, a Yerushalayim court handed down an indictment against a 20-year-old resident of the Silwan neighborhood for a series of crimes, including conspiracy to commit terror acts. The Arab was arrested in mid-October after he tried to run down two Israelis with his motorcycle. As he approached the Israelis he sped up and drove into them, hitting one at high speed and knocking him down. The terrorist then got off his motorcycle and began beating the victim with his helmet. He was arrested before he could beat the second victim, and police discovered that he was carrying a knife, which he said he had planned to use. He is being charged with attempted murder and weapons possession.

In yet another security incident, police arrested a resident of Shuafat Thursday after a search of his vehicle yielded several suspicious items, including tear gas, a Kevlar vest and a gas mask. The driver was detained for questioning.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 23 wanted security suspects in other areas in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.