Israel arrests alleged Hamas member over ramming attack

Israeli security forces arrest man alleged to be Hamas member on suspicion of driving into soldiers using car

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israeli security forces walk near the site where a Palestinian attacker was shot dead after stabbing two Israelis in Hebron, occupied West Bank, December 9, 2015

Israeli forces have arrested an alleged member of Hamas on suspicion of running over four Israeli soldiers, the army said on Friday.

They identified the man as Mohammed Abdel Hamid Salam, an alleged operative with Hamas, who is known by security sources.

"Overnight, in a joint operation... forces arrested the attacker who yesterday rammed his vehicle into soldiers near Beit Aryeh, injuring four," an army statement said.

One of the soldiers was severely wounded in the ramming attack near the Jewish settlement of Beit Aryeh in occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israeli Army said.

Israel police said they found the rifle of one of the soldiers inside the suspect’s vehicle.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian was shot dead, after allegedly trying to drive his car into Israeli soldiers in Hebron on Friday.

So far, at least 114 Palestinians have been killed by gunfire from Israeli security forces since October 1 and about 17 Israelis have died in stabbing attacks.

One Eritrean asylum seeker and an American tourist were also killed during the clashes.

TRTWorld and agencies