New video may shed light on Umm al-Hiran ramming, shooting incident

A new video may prove useful in the ongoing investigation into January's shooting incident in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, in which an Israeli policeman and a local teacher were killed.
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The Israel Police are re-investigating an incident from nearly a year ago in which an Israeli policeman and a Bedouin school teacher were killed.

Back in January, a group of Israeli policemen arrived to the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran to implement home demolition orders. A Bedouin man named Yacoub Abu Alkian ploughed into them with his car, killing policemen Erez Levi. He was shot dead by the other officers.

The police are treating the incident as a terror attack, though local residents claim the driver lost control of his car after being shot by the Israeli forces.

Now, a new video from the incident, shot just seconds before the ramming, shows officers arresting a suspect and responding to gunfire.

"You can clearly see the aggressive raid and the violence the officers were using against citizens of the country," said Raed Abu Alkian, Yacoub's brother.

In an interview with Channel 2 News, Israel Police spokeswoman Merav Lapidot reiterated the police's stance that the incident was an act of terror. "We've never changed our position and we have reasons to believe it is so," she said.



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