Security Forces Shoot Firebomb-Wielding Terrorist in Gush Etzion

YERUSHALAYIM -
The Gush Etzion Junction. (Gush Etzion spokesperson)

Security officials on Thursday night shot and injured a terrorist who was caught red-handed throwing a firebomb at an Israeli vehicle. The incident occurred on the Yerushalayim-Gush Etzion road, near El-Khader. The terrorist was shot by soldiers as he was about to throw the firebomb. He was injured and taken to Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Yerushalayim for treatment.

It was revealed for publication Thursday night that earlier this week an Arab worker was indicted for attempting to murder the owner of the factory he worked in. The Arab, a resident of Tira in the Sharon region, arrived at the factory earlier in January, carrying a shotgun and wearing a helmet and gloves. He shot the supervisor of the factory, hitting and injuring him. The supervisor was hospitalized for 13 days as the result of injuries sustained in the his midsection and legs.

Afterwards, police said, the shooter went into the office of the owner, aimed the gun and opened fire – but b’chasdei Shamayim, the gun misfired. The owner and the shooter then began fighting, and eventually the shooter left. He was arrested the next day. An indictment was handed down against him this week, and prosecutors plan to ask for an extension of his remand until the end of proceedings against him.

Overnight Thursday, security officials said they arrested 4 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.