Israeli forces shot dead Palestinian after he rammed car into Jerusalem bus stop

AFP , Monday 14 Dec 2015

Israeli occupation police and members of rescue service gather around the covered body of a Palestinian man who was shot dead after driving a car into Israelis at a bus stop on December 14, 2015 in Jerusalem. ( AFP PHOTO)

A Palestinian attacker drove a car into Israelis at a Jerusalem bus stop on Monday injuring eight people before being shot dead, Israeli occupation police and rescue services said.

"Terrorist attack at the entrance of Jerusalem minutes ago," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted. "Terrorist drove vehicle into bus stop at entrance of city. Terrorist shot at scene."

The Israeli occupation police said the Palestinian assailant, 21-year-old Abdul Mohsen Hassouna from Beit Hanina in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, had died, while Israel's medical services said none of the victims' injuries were life-threatening.

According to police, the attacker also had an axe inside the car.

Images of the scene online showed a car rammed into a bus stop on the sidewalk near the western entrance to the city.

Since October 1, almost daily clashes between the Palestinians and the Israeli occupiers have killed 117 on the Palestinian side, 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean.

Most of the Palestinian fatalities have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.

Young Palestinians have grown frustrated with Israel's occupation and the complete lack of progress in peace efforts, in addition to their own fractured leadership.

On Sunday, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl was shot after allegedly trying to carry out a stabbing attack near the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba in the occupied West Bank.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which are not currently allowed.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque have been Palestinians' daily routine.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

*The story has been edited by Ahram Online.

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