Police Arrest Arab Who Tried to Run Down Officer

Israeli Border Police block the entrance to the East Yerushalayim neighborhood of Issawiya. (Nati Shohat/Flash90, File)

Security forces on Thursday morning arrested an Arab in the Issawiya neighborhood of Yerushalayim who attempted to run down a police officer. The officer and a civilian were injured when they attempted to jump out of the way when the vehicle driven by the Arab attempted to slam into them at a checkpoint near the Atarot industrial zone. Police were able to halt the vehicle and arrested the 20-year-old driver.

Issawiya has been the scene of nearly nightly rioting in recent weeks, stemming from an incident in July when a rioter was killed after he attempted to attack a police officer. In the past week alone, three police officers were injured in the rioting, which police have attempted to keep within the confines of the neighborhood.

Overnight Wednesday, security officials said they arrested 11 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.