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Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in Israel.

An Israeli police officer was wounded late Thursday night in a stoning attack on Israeli security forces by Negev Bedouin in their 20s and 30s who were trying to cover for a suspicious-looking vehicle that fled into a neighborhood in the southern Israeli city of Rahat.

Three security patrol vehicles were also damaged in the attack.

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At least 12 of the attackers were arrested and on Sunday their remand was extended, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website. The incident occurred during routine operations by Israel Police and Border Guard Police officers.

The car they were investigating was traveling without lights and without any identifying license plates.

Two suspects got out of the vehicle after it stopped inside the city, and then they fled on foot, escaping into the neighborhood, according to police. The security officers were pelted with stones by the Bedouin residents when they began to chase the suspects.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.