Israeli Cop Injured as Stolen Car Rams Through Jerusalem-area Checkpoint

Incident isn't believed to be terror-related.

Nir Hasson
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Israeli security forces inspect the scene of a stabbing attack at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarem on June 2, 2016.
Israeli security forces inspect the scene of a stabbing attack at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tulkarem on June 2, 2016.Credit: Jafar Aasthiye / AFP
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A Border Policeman was injured when a stolen vehicle rammed through a checkpoint near Jerusalem on Saturday morning.

The cop, the commander of the Mizmoria checkpoint, was believed to have been wounded as a result of friendly fire targeting the vehicle, and the incident was not thought to be a terrorist attack.

According to Israel Police, when the vehicle approached the checkpoint, the cop identified it as stolen and ordered it to stop. When the vehicle kept moving, he fired a warning shot in the air. At the same time, a truck moving behind the vehicle swerved off its route, and a security guard manning the roadblock fired at its wheels. The two vehicles rammed through the roadblock and kept driving.

The cop's injuries were believed to have been caused either by a bullet or by a ricochet.

On Thursday, Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian woman at the Anabta checkpoint after she allegedly tried to stab a soldier. The woman was later identified as Ansar Hussam Harasha, a married mother of two from the village Qaffin north of Tulkarm.

Housam Badran, a member if Hamas' political bureau said following the incident that "The young generation in Palestine will continue to fight the occupation," adding that "the Palestinians will know how to avenge her death."

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