Police Nab Arabs Who Fired at Bus on Bar Ilan Street

YERUSHALAYIM -
An Egged bus. (RickP)

Police on Wednesday night caught three Arabs they say fired at a bus on Bar Ilan Street in Yerushalayim, using an air rifle that shot projectiles. Several of the projectiles hit the bus. B’derch nes, no one was injured in the incident. Police began an immediate search for the culprits, and tracked them down. They were arrested and their vehicle and the air rifle were confiscated.

Police said that the attack may have been a “dry run” to enable the terrorists to practice their skills in preparation for an attack with live ammunition.

The IDF confirmed Thursday that it had fired at a group of Gaza Arab terrorists who were preparing a “terror kite,” loaded with flammable material that would be launched over the Gaza border fence, in order to set fire to Israeli farms and forests. The confirmation came after Gaza sources reported that Israeli forces had attacked the group with unmanned aerial vehicles. The IDF initially denied that it had attacked the group.

IDF soldiers overnight Wednesday seized tens of thousands of shekels in terror funds from Arabs in the Palestinian Authority-controlled village of El-Aroub, near Chevron. The money was part of payments made by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to the families of terrorists for committing terror acts against Israelis, officials said. Several arrests were made, as Arabs rioted when soldiers entered the village.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 9 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.