Car-Ramming Suspect Arrested at Gush Etzion Junction

Israeli security forces arrived in the Palestinian town of Beit Jala on Thursday, in pursuit of the a car-ramming terrorist, later arrested at Gush Etzion Junction. Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90

Israeli security forces said they have caught the suspected perpetrator of a car-ramming attack in Yerushalayim early Thursday morning, in which twelve soldiers were hurt, one seriously.

The suspect, 25, is reportedly a resident of the A-Tur neighborhood of eastern Yerushalayim.

Channel 13 news identified him as Khaled al-Turman, who has a flower shop in a Yerushalayim shopping mall.

He was apprehended at the Gush Etzion Junction and transferred to the Shin Bet security service for questioning, the military said.

“Following an extensive operational and intelligence effort, the IDF, working with the Shin Bet, the Israel Police’s special police unit and other special forces, has arrested the terrorist who carried out the ramming attack in the predawn hours of this morning in Yerushalyim,” the IDF said in a statement Thursday evening.

The severely wounded soldier sustained multiple injuries and underwent surgery, according to officials from Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in the capital.

“The injured [soldier] continued to be in serious but stable condition. He is unconscious and connected to a respirator in the intensive care unit,” hospital officials said Thursday.

Nine of the soldiers were treated for light injuries and released from the hospital.

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