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Drama at BG Airport: Palestinian Driven Truck Runs Through Airport

By Aryeh Savir –

Tazpit News Agency –

ben-gurion-airportEarly this morning, at about 3:30, a stolen truck driven by two Palestinians from Jenin and Qalkilia ran through the security checkpoint at the entrance to Ben Gurion Airport. Emergency procedures were immediately set in motion and security forces dispersed throughout the field. The truck continued its rampage through the field, running through more checkpoints and almost running down a security guard, until it was finally stopped by guards who fired four bullets at the vehicle. The two abandoned the vehicle and began to escape in foot but were finally apprehended. They were stopped only 200 meters away from Terminal 3, one of the airport’s main buildings, which was crowded with outgoing pre-holiday passengers. Some 60,000 passengers have gone through the airport in the last 24 hours.

A police sapper was called in to check if the truck was booby-trapped, but he ruled out that possibility.

During the drama all activity throughout the airport was brought to a stand-still, and was commenced only about an hour later after the all-clear signal was given.

Shmuel Zakai, director of BG Airport, commended the security forces for the quick response, and stated that the guard who fired his weapon was acting properly according to regulations.

The two Palestinians were taken into custody for questioning. They were both in the vicinity illegally without the proper permits. Their motivation is yet unclear. One report indicates they may have stolen the truck with no intent to commit a terrorist attack, and took a wrong turn into the airport.

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One Response to Drama at BG Airport: Palestinian Driven Truck Runs Through Airport

  1. saul

    September 3, 2013 at 11:45 am

    i dont believe this ” wrong turn” nonsense. far be it for me to tell the security forces of Israel what to do, but it would seem prudent that if these guys could have been shot dead on airport grounds, that would be the way to go.
    you mean they didnt know they were racing thru security checkpoints?