Car crash kills two in occupied East Jerusalem | Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The driver rammed a car into a crowded bus stop in the illegal Israeli settlement of Ramot before being shot and killed.
Israeli police and medics say a Palestinian rammed his car into a busy bus stop in occupied East Jerusalem, killing two people, including a child, before being shot. die.
Friday’s car crash took place in the illegal Israeli settlement of Ramot. over a decade.
Israel’s rescue service identified the two people killed Friday as a six-year-old boy and a man in his 20s. It said doctors were treating five injured people, including one an eight-year-old child in critical condition after undergoing CPR. Others were between the ages of 10 and 40 and were in moderate to severe condition.
Paramedic Lishai Shemesh, who happened to be driving at the time of the attack, said: “It was a shocking sight. “I was in the car with my wife and children and noticed a car sped into the bus stop and crushed people waiting there.”
Police said a detective on duty shot and killed the suspect at the scene. There was no immediate word on his identity.
Footage shows police and paramedics surrounding a crumpled blue Mazda that crashed into a bus stop. Bloody bodies were scattered around the scene.
The suspect’s house was demolished
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas groups, which now govern the Gaza Strip, praised the attack but did not claim responsibility for it.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the incident as a “terrorist” attack and ordered the reinforcement of security forces.
Israeli news site i24 reported that Netanyahu decided to seal off the suspect’s house and demolish it.
The Israeli settlement of Ramot was built in 1974 on lands confiscated from the Palestinian villages of Beit Iksa and Beit Hanina.
Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its indivisible capital while the Palestinian Authority wants East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as the capital of its future nation.
Hostilities have escalated in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank since Israel stepped up attacks last year following a series of deadly Palestinian attacks inside Israel.
Nearly 150 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem by 2022, making it the bloodiest year in those territories since 2004, according to leading Israeli human rights group B’Tselem.
Last year, 30 people were killed in Palestinian attacks against Israelis.
So far this year, 43 Palestinians have been killed, according to the AP tally – 10 of them in a gunfight last month in an army raid in Jenin on the West Coast.
New Israel far-right governmentled by Netanyahu, has accused the previous government of inaction in the wake of a wave of deadly Palestinian attacks last year, raising questions about its stance towards the Palestinians at a time of heightened tensions.