Palestinian Shot After Crashing Stolen Car Through BG Airport Checkpoint

Ben Gurion International Airport. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

A Palestinian car thief crashed a stolen vehicle through a checkpoint at the entrance of Ben Gurion airport on Sunday morning, before he was shot by guards opening fire in response, police said in a statement.

It was the third such incident within a number of weeks.

The suspect was lightly wounded in the shooting, and police said he would be questioned after receiving medical treatment.

Police said the suspect, who had illegally entered Israel from Yehudah and Shomron, stole a car from the central region of the country and drove toward the airport.

Guards at the airport noticed the car as it approached at high speed before ramming through the checkpoint and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Airport security responded by opening fire and deploying roadblocks.

Police said that the driver had endangered the safety of the guards and the general public.

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