JERUSALEM A motorist rammed into a bus stop in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring at least nine men and women before he was shot dead, Israeli police said, in what appeared to be newest in a surge of Palestinian street attacks.
The casualties from the incident close to the western entrance to the city, major to the Tel Aviv highway, included 1 person who was in significant condition and a infant, medics stated.
Police described the motorist as a “terrorist” but did not right away elaborate on his identity. Israel’s Army Radio mentioned he was shot dead by a bus stop guard.
A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen since the start of October. Israeli forces have killed at least 109 Palestinians, most of whom the army described as assailants.
Palestinians are frustrated at the failure of extended-operating peace efforts with Israel and its 48-year occupation of the West Bank. Numerous sympathize with calls by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas for Israel’s destruction.
The bloodshed has also been fueled by Muslim opposition to stepped-up Israeli access to Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque complicated, which numerous Jews revere as a vestige of their biblical temples.
(Writing by Dan Williams editing by Andrew Roche)