18 April 2009

Palestinian Drives Car Into Israeli Police

He probably wanted a new hood ornament on his car.

"Two police officers were injured, one lightly in the legs but the other more seriously in the head, when a Palestinian man drove at them deliberately in his vehicle," Rosenfeld said.

The alleged attack on Saturday occurred at the Hezmeh checkpoint between northern Jerusalem and the West Bank, Micky Rosenfeld said.

"The 37-year-old Palestinian was arrested and said when questioned that his plan had been to kill the police officers."

But Walid al-Umari, Al Jazeera's Palestine bureau chief, reporting from Ramallah, said: "The information Al Jazeera has so far received indicates that the incident probably comes as a regular car accident."

The fact that the driver is an Arab and the incident took place at an Israeli military checkpoint may have left Israeli police with the impression that the police had been deliberately targeted, he said. source