Israel Extends Remand of Palestinian Suspect in Jerusalem Car Ramming Attack

24-year-old East Jerusalem resident Sanad Al Tarman fled the scene after running over 12 young Israeli recruits and was later apprehended in the West Bank

Israeli police officers inspect the scene of the attack in Jerusalem, early Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Mahmoud Illean,AP

A Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has ordered a Palestinian suspect in a car ramming attack that injured 12 soldiers on Thursday held in custody for another 10 days. 

Sanad Al Tarman is accused of plowing his vehicle into a group of soldiers of the Golani brigade at the Mitham Ha’tahana in central Jerusalem on Thursday morning.

A 20-year-old soldier was seriously hurt. His condition has improved at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, officials said on Friday, but he is still sedated and on a respirator in the intensive care unit. The 11 other soldiers suffered light injuries.

The IDF said that al-Tarman, 24, of East Jerusalem had fled the scene of the incident. The soldiers are all recent recruits and they did not open fire at the suspect.

The suspect’s car was later found in Beit Jalah and the he was later apprehended at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.

A second violent incident was reported on Thursday in Jerusalem’s Old City, where gunfire lightly wounded a border policeman near the Lions’ Gate, which is a point of entry close to the Temple Mount plaza. The shooting suspect, Shadi Bana, 45, was shot and killed by security forces after attempting to flee the scene. 

Israeli rescue workers gather around the body of the Palestinian attacker in the Old City of Jerusalem, Thursday, February 6, 2020.
Mahmoud Illean,AP

In a third incident, also on Thursday, a soldier of 20 was lightly wounded by gunfire near the Israeli West Bank settlement of Dolev. He was treated at the scene and taken to hospital, fully conscious. Israeli security forces suspect he was shot by a passing car, and are trying to track down the perpetrator.

In light of these incidents the Israeli army has announced a buffering of forces in the West Bank, in a decision taken “in accordance with assessments of the situation which the IDF does on a regular basis,” its statement read.

The situation in the West Bank has been heating up in the past week following the presentation of the American plan for peace in the Middle East and Israeli representatives' declarations made in favor of annexing parts of the occupied territory.