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Shin Bet probing as potential ‘terror’ several violent incidents during Negev riots

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14.01.2022

The Shin Bet security agency said on Friday it had been tasked with investigating several violent incidents that occurred over the past week during Bedouin protests in the country’s south against a controversial forestation project.

It said three cases were being probed as potential “terror incidents” with a nationalistic motive: an attack on a security guard in Tel Sheva on Thursday night, the burning of a journalist’s car in Segev Shalom on Tuesday, and the placing of rocks on train tracks leading to Beersheba that same day, forcing a passenger train to make an emergency brake.

Thursday’s attack on the guard saw several Bedouin protesters hurl stones at the man’s car, police said. The guard managed to flee and take cover in a nearby police station, as the demonstrators set fire to his vehicle.

The guard — who works at the police station — told the Ynet news site he was stopped on his way to work by the demonstrators, who had set up a makeshift roadblock. “A guy came and asked ‘Where are you going?’ I told him — to work. He calmly came over [as though] to explain something to me. Then he suddenly punched me,” the guard recalled.

“Stones were thrown at me and I started driving. My windshield was shattered. I thought I could cross the roadblock, but the car stopped. I could not see anything because of the [broken] windshield. I got out of the car and started running. I sprinted to the [police] station,” he told Ynet.

Police said Friday that several cars were damaged overnight from stones hurled by Bedouin protestors in multiple locations in the northern........

© The Times of Israel


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