Palestinian tries to run over police in East Jerusalem, is killed
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Palestinian tries to run over police in East Jerusalem, is killed

Second assailant is moderately wounded as car attempts to ram into Border Police in Shuafat, officials say; no Israelis hurt

A Border Policeman in East Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp on September 18, 2015 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
A Border Policeman in East Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp on September 18, 2015 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

A Palestinian assailant was killed in East Jerusalem Sunday night when he and a second man attempted to run over police and Border Police forces in East Jerusalem, security officials said.

According to authorities, troops were concluding an operation in the Shuafat refugee camp when the vehicle with the two Palestinians attempted to hit them.

Border Policemen fired at the vehicle, killing one attacker and moderately wounding another.

No Israeli troops were hurt in the incident.

On Friday a Border Police officer sustained minor leg injuries when he was hit by a car that failed to stop at a checkpoint in the East Jerusalem village of Issawiya. The driver fled the scene.

The past 10 days have seen several arrests of knife-bearing Palestinians in checkpoints in the Jerusalem area, who are thought to have planned attacks against Israelis.

A Palestinian man was shot dead by IDF troops on August 26 when he ran toward a guard post near the West Bank settlement of Ofra, north of Ramallah. He was apparently unarmed, but did not heed the soldiers’ repeated orders to halt. A senior Palestinian official later said the man suffered from mental illness.

Since October, 35 Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a spate of car-ramming, stabbing, shooting, and bombing attacks. Some 215 Palestinians have also been killed, most of them while attempting attacks, according to Israel. Others were killed in clashes with security forces.

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