(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An Israeli policeman was killed Wednesday and several others were wounded when an Arab terrorist rammed a car into them during violent clashes between police and residents in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev.
Many others were injured in the clashes themselves, during which residents fired live bullets at the police, who responded with rubber bullets and smoke bombs. Reports said one protester was killed.
Earlier Wednesday, a large contingent of police officers arrived at Umm al-Hiran to help carry out a court order to demolish illegal structures in the village. The officers were met with violent resistance from the residents.
According to the police, a car driven by a terrorist—who was later identified as an active member of the Islamic Movement in Israel—sped toward the police in a ramming attack, killing Advanced Staff Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi and leaving a number of other Israeli police officers with injuries of varying degrees. Members of the security forces shot and killed the driver.
"We are in the midst of a terrible incident in which a police officer, Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi, may his memory be a blessing, was murdered by a terrorist in a despicable attack,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement.
Rivlin appealed to leaders of Israel’s Arab sector to "fight terrorism with a strong hand and without compromise, and we must contain its evil roots wherever they are."