Israeli border police force comes under fire at checkpoint near Bethlehem. No injuries reported, terrorist arrested.


An Arab terrorist opened fire at Israeli Border Police soldiers stationed at a checkpoint in the Beit Jala area, near Bethlehem, late on Wednesday night.

After failing to hit any of the soldiers, the gunman fled and security forces gave chase. Lookouts managed to identify a suspect and directed Border Police soldiers and an emergency IDF force deployed in the area, and the terrorist was eventually located.

While being pursued, the terrorist fired multiple shots at a Border Police squad car travelling in the opposite direction. Several bullets hit their armored vehicle, and at least one hit one of the car windows.

Despite his attempts to flee, the troops managed to finally apprehend the terrorist after firing in the air and charging in together to close off his escape route.

Upon being searched, a knife was found on the terrorist’s person. Nearby, lay a discarded pistol, and the police believe that this is the one used to fired at the security forces.

The terrorist, a Beit Sahur resident aged 22, was assessed and treated by an Israeli medical team at the scene after he security forces noted that he suffered light injuries during the incident.