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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -A Palestinian automobile thief rammed by a checkpoint on the best way to Israel’s primary airport on Sunday, authorities mentioned, setting off a safety alert in what they described as the results of poor navigation on his half fairly than an tried assault.
Video circulated on social media confirmed passengers in Ben Gurion Airport’s departure terminal crouching alongside their baggage as directions sounded over loudhailers.
Police mentioned the suspect, a Palestinian in Israel illegally from the occupied West Financial institution, arrived on the airport checkpoint in a stolen automobile and raced by towards the primary terminal. Throughout a short pursuit, he was shot and arrested.
It was a minimum of the fifth such incident in current months, an Israel Airports Authority spokesperson mentioned.
As in earlier instances, the suspect was believed to have taken a mistaken flip off the primary Tel Aviv-Jerusalem freeway, Israeli officers mentioned. That meant his tried getaway by chance introduced him to one of many nation’s most protected services.
“It occurs virtually each week,” a police spokesperson mentioned.
Tensions are excessive amid a surge in road assaults in Israel and navy raids within the West Financial institution. The violence has contributed to the rise of far-rightists prone to play vital roles within the incoming Israeli authorities.