A Druse village in the Golan Heights..
(photo credit: AP)
A tense standoff between a massive crowd and police in the Druse village of
Majdal al-Shams in the Golan ended peacefully on Sunday night thanks to the
efforts of village elders and a police negotiation team.
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had entered a home to conduct a search as part of a police investigation in the
early evening, police said.
Before long, a crowd of over 1,000 villagers
surrounded the home and refused to allow the officers to leave.
the height of the incident, police dispatched a negotiation team to the
to begin a dialogue with village elders. The elders then attempted to
the crowd to allow the trapped policemen to leave.
numbers of riot police armed with crowd dispersal means were ordered to
village by Police Insp.-Gen. David Cohen, in case the negotiations
backup forces included elite anti-terror forces, Special Patrol forces
The rescue operation was overseen by Northern District
Police head Cmdr. Shimon Koren.
Ultimately, after a standoff lasting over
an hour and a half, negotiations were successful and the crowd
allowing the officers to leave the home, accompanied by local leaders.