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Policeman killed in violent clashes during Negev evacuation
Violence erupts during evacuation of illegal Bedouin homes, including exchange of fire with residents after a Bedouin man reportedly sped his vehicle toward soldiers; police says driver, who was shot dead, was Islamic Movement terrorist; residents: 'Driver shot in cold blood'; five wounded in the clashes, including Joint List leader MK Ayman Odeh.

A police officer was killed in the early hours of Wednesday morning during violent clashes in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel, while a Bedouin man who police says tried to run over soldiers with his car was also shot dead.  

 

 

Police and other security forces arrived in the village to carry out a demolition order against illegally constructed homes. 

 

The violence, which included the exchange of gunfire between police and the village's residents, broke out after one resident, Musa Abu Alqiyan, attempted to ram his car into security forces and was shot to death.

 

Violence and anger in the Negev

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 
“As (security forces) were getting there, a car of a terrorist from the area suddenly appeared, an operative of the Islamic Movement, and sped toward the soldiers with intent of carrying out a car-ramming attack,” police said.

 

A policeman, Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi, 34, was killed in the incident while five others were wounded. Two of those wounded included another policeman and Arab MK Ayman Odeh, the head of the Joint List party.

 
Israel Police spokeswoman Meirav Lapidot dubbed this a nationalistic attack, "a vehicular attack exactly as we saw last week in Jerusalem,” saying “The terrorist sped up in his vehicle toward the security forces and carried out a vehicular attack on them."

 

Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi killed
Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi killed

 

“The forces were on their way to operations and had not even started them. While they were on their way, the terrorist sped up his car and carried out a car-ramming attack with devastating results,” she said earlier.

 

Lapidot added that they the police have certain details about the attacker indicating that he was part of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel and that he might also have had ties with ISIS.

 

MK Ayman Odeh
MK Ayman Odeh

 

However, family members of Abu Alqiyan professed a conflicting version of events with that provided by the police. According to them, Abu Alqiyan had no intention of harming policemen and even signalled before he turned his vehicle.

 

“The police opened fire and used grenades and attacked people,” the residents claimed.

 

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

 

MK Taleb Abu Arar slammed what he described as the “killing of a Umm al-Hiran resident in cold blood. The police shot him for no reason. The claims that he tried to run over police are not true.”

 

Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

 

Photo: herzel Yosef
Photo: herzel Yosef

 

Residents fumed over the demolition orders and forced evacuation, promising to remain in their homes at all costs. “We will not leave the homes even if they kill us all. This is our land here and we will not move from here even if we have to pay with our lives.” 

 

Police clash with residents of a village in the Negev

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

 
One resident said that police “suddenly came without warning, threw me on the floor and shot me in the leg. My uncle, who they are saying is a terrorist, is a teacher in a school … He was in his car on a regular journey and signalled.”
 
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

 

Scene of the car-ramming and shooting

סגורסגור

שליחה לחבר

 הקלידו את הקוד המוצג
תמונה חדשה

שלח
הסרטון נשלח לחברך

סגורסגור

הטמעת הסרטון באתר שלך

 קוד להטמעה:

   

Umm al-Hiran (Photo: Ilana Curiel)
Umm al-Hiran (Photo: Ilana Curiel)

 

Lapidot however, rejected the claims of the residents that the police initiated the violence. “No one attacked anyone. The mission had not even started.”

 

Asked about the claim that the police fired a rubber bullet, Lapidot said: “The Israel Police does not use rubber bullets in any incident involving Bedouin and obviously it didn’t in this one. It could be that a wound was caused by the rocks thrown by the protestors themselves."

 

Musa Abu Alqiyan
Musa Abu Alqiyan

 

Following the outbreak, the police closed the main entrances to the village while leaders of the Arab sector called on Arab civilians to make their way to the village in order to prevent demolitions.

 


First published: 18.01.17, 09:00
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