Suspected Palestinian thief shot dead by Israel police

Police had received information regarding a “suspicious car” and set up a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 March 2019
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Suspected Palestinian thief shot dead by Israel police

  • Two accomplices fled the car containing stolen goods
  • There have been sporadic Palestinian attacks

JERUSALEM: An Israeli officer shot dead a masked Palestinian motorist early Sunday as he tried to run down a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank set up to apprehend thieves, police said.
Two accomplices fled the car, which contained stolen goods and equipment used to carry out burglaries, a statement said.
Police had received information regarding a “suspicious car” and set up a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley.
While examining a vehicle there, another car overtook it and accelerated toward an officer who beckoned it to stop.
“When the car did not heed the officer’s orders to stop, the officer shot at the car,” police said in a statement.
“As a result of the gunfire, the car stopped and its Palestinian motorist, a resident of one of the villages nearby, was hit and pronounced dead.”
There have been sporadic nationalistically motivated Palestinian attacks, including car-ramming attacks, against Israeli civilians and security forces in the West Bank.
But in Sunday’s statement the police refrained from calling the Palestinian as a “terrorist,” identifying instead only as a motorist.


US cyberattacks on Iranian targets not successful: Iran minister

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US cyberattacks on Iranian targets not successful: Iran minister

  • “They try hard, but have not carried out a successful attack,” the Iranian minister for information and communications technology
  • The statement comes after reports of planned cyberattacks by the Pentagon

LONDON: US cyberattacks against Iranian targets have not been successful, Iran’s telecoms minister said on Monday, within days of reports that the Pentagon launched a long-planned cyberattack to disable the country’s rocket launch systems.
“They try hard, but have not carried out a successful attack,” Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, Iran’s minister for information and communications technology, said on social network Twitter.
“Media asked if the claimed cyberattacks against Iran are true,” he said. “We have been facing cyber-terrorism for a long time...Last year we neutralized 33 million attacks with the (national) firewall.”