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Police Officer, Two Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Car-Ramming

Police Officer, Two Israeli Soldiers Wounded in Car-Ramming

Monday, 5 March, 2018 - 13:45
IDF soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border. AP
Tel Aviv- Asharq Al Awsat
A police officer and two soldiers were hurt by a car-ramming on Sunday in northern Israeli city of Acre before the attacker was being shot and wounded in what authorities called a "terror attack.”

The ramming jeep hit a Border Police officer on Yehoshafat St. near the city market then drove on and struck two IDF soldiers near the city railway station.

According to police, "a third individual identified the ramming and opened fire at the jeep." Police say that the motivation behind the incident was political.

The suspect's family rejected the claim that the attack was politically motivated and said it happened due to an outburst of anger.

The perpetrator's father said that inside the car his son was driving was his daughter-in-law, who is heavily pregnant and seeks medical care several times a week. "Who would decide to carry out a terror attack and then take his pregnant wife with him?" the father charged.

According to him, the only explanation for the incident was that his son got upset over a traffic ticket and acted out: "I understand that he received a ticket, and it really angered him. We're a family that is not related to anything political, and he works with me and all that he cares for is his home and work. He was waiting for his wife to give birth in the coming days."

Hamas said in a statement by its spokesman Fawzi Barhoum that the operation "is a confirmation of the determination of the Palestinian people to resist and confront the occupation in defense of itself and its land and holy sites."

Barhoum added that “the occupation government should bear all the consequences of the continuation of its racist and extremist policies.”

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