Four Palestinians arrested at checkpoint

No wounded or damage as assailants ram two cars and a bulldozer into a barrier near Ma'ale Levona.

September 24, 2008 16:19
kalandia checkpoint with signs and cars 298

kalandia checkpoint 298. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Four Palestinians were arrested Wednesday afternoon after they allegedly tried running through a roadblock near the settlement of Ma'ale Levona north of Ramallah. No one was wounded in the incident. The IDF said that the Palestinians tried driving through an earth barrier near the settlement in three vehicles - two cars and a bulldozer. While initial reports claimed that it was a terror attack, defense officials said it was possible that the incident was criminally-motivated. The soldiers shot in the air and at the bulldozer and captured the assailants who were then transferred into police custody. The incident came two days after on Monday night 19-year-old Kassem Mughrabi from east Jerusalem rammed his BMW into a group of soldiers at a central Jerusalem thoroughfare, wounding fifteen people before being shot dead by an off-duty IDF officer. Also Wednesday, a Palestinian from Nablus was arrested after he tried stabbing a soldier at the Hawara Checkpoint south of the city. The IDF said that the 16-year-old pulled out a 10-cm long knife but threw it to the ground after one of the soldiers cocked his gun.

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