A joint operation of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Israel Police Central District minority unit has led to the arrest of 17 youths, some of them minors, who allegedly attacked and severely wounded an Israeli man who accidentally drove into the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya last month. Police made the arrests over the past several weeks, revealing the operation to the media on Sunday.
Police suspect the attackers blocked the victim's path with a vehicle, surrounded him and pelted him with stones and pieces of metal. He was then allegedly pulled from the vehicle and beaten. The attackers apparently attempted to light his vehicle on fire.
Local residents came to the man's aid taking him to a local home to which Police and Border Patrol eventually arrived. He was evacuated from the village to the hospital and was released several days later after having received treatment.
The suspects said during interrogation that they attacked the man because they believed he was an undercover police officer. Eight of the suspects were in the process of facing a hearing to extend their detention until the end of legal proceedings and the other nine suspects were expected to face a remand hearing in the coming days.