At the wheel of a stolen car, a Palestinian forces entry to Ben Gurion airport

A Palestinian car thief was arrested overnight from Saturday to Sunday after breaking into Ben Gurion Airport.

At that point, security officers opened fire, Israel Police said in a statement.

This is the second such incident in a month.

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Police and airport security officers quickly apprehended the 17-year-old suspect from the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Police said the suspect entered Israel illegally.

No injuries have been reported as a result of these incidents.

The driver “put security officers and more generally road users at risk,” police said in a statement released Sunday.

In accordance with protocol, access to the airport was prohibited until the suspect was arrested.

“This is a new attempt, fortunately interrupted, by a man from the West Bank to attack the police. The person had illegally entered Israeli territory through holes in the security fence, which poses a real security problem for the population,” the police said.

She added that the suspect stole a car in Holon, in the middle of the country.

Airport security services immediately noticed the car, which crashed into the checkpoint.

Officers responded by firing shots and setting up roadblocks along the access road.

According to the police statement, the suspect must be brought to court on Sunday and his remand will be extended if necessary.

In a similar incident that occurred on September 22, a Palestinian driver driving a stolen vehicle attempted to break through a security barrier at Ben Gurion Airport without causing injury.

But the list doesn’t end there.

Already in 2013, two Palestinians on board a truck traveling at high speed broke through the airport’s first security barrier before being stopped and apprehended by security forces.

During their questioning, the men from Jenin and Qalqilya in the West Bank had confessed to stealing the truck in the neighboring town of Beit Dagan, claiming to have taken the road to the airport by mistake and panicked at the sight of security services, the Israeli order.

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