JERUSALEM (JTA) – Two Israeli police officers were injured in a Palestinian neighbourhood of eastern Jerusalem when a Palestinian driver rammed his car into a group of Border Patrol officers.
The driver was shot and killed by police, said Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, who called the driver an “Arab terrorist” in a tweet. The driver, 30, reportedly was shot and killed by police as he tried to back his SUV over the downed officers.
The attack took place in eastern Jerusalem’s A-Tor neighbourhood, located near the Mount of Olives.
The officers, a man and a woman both in their 20s, were taken to Jerusalem-area hospitals in moderate condition.
Police, who are investigating the incident, closed off the area. Local residents threw rocks at police and security forces following the attack, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Last week, four Israelis, three of them students, were injured at a traffic junction in Alon Shvut in the Gush Etzion Bloc of the West Bank when a Palestinian driver from nearby Hebron intentionally rammed his car into them. The driver confessed to intentionally carrying out the attack.
There have been a series of vehicular attacks on Israelis by Palestinian drivers in the Jerusalem area in recent months.