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Seven Israeli officers injured in car-ramming attack in Sheikh Jarrah +VIDEO

Israeli forces inspect on May 16, 2021 the spot where a car-ramming attack wounded several military officers, in the flashpoint Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem al-Quds. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian in Sheikh Jarrah after a car-ramming attack in the flashpoint Jerusalem al-Quds neighborhood.

Israeli police said that seven military officers were wounded when a Palestinian rammed his car into a temporary police checkpoint on Nablus Road in Sheikh Jarrah on Sunday.

The Palestinian was shot dead by the officers on the spot.

Over the past weeks, tensions have escalated in Jerusalem al-Quds amid acts of aggression by Israeli troops and settlers, and the planned expulsion of dozens of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, where illegal Israeli settlers are looking to take over the properties of Palestinian families.

According to latest updates by the Palestinian health ministry, Israeli assaults against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds in the past eight days has left 21 dead and more than 4,300 others wounded.

Palestinian resistance fighters have launched hundreds of rockets into the occupied territories in retaliation for Israeli violations in Jerusalem al-Quds as well as its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, which have left 197 Palestinians dead since May 10.

A hospital spokesperson said one of the wounded Israeli officers was being treated for gunshot injuries, apparently after being shot in a friendly fire during the Sunday incident.

But police later dismissed the report, citing medical staff as saying that the soldier was not injured by gunfire.

A video of the attack showed a protester holding a banner as a car crashed into the Israeli officers in the background.

Deadly incident at West Bank synagogue 

Separately, a grandstand collapsed in a synagogue under construction in the settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, leaving at least two Israelis dead and more than 100 injured, according to Israel's ambulance service.

Medics evacuate an injured ultra-Orthodox Jewish man after the collapse of grandstand seating at a synagogue in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev in the occupied West Bank outside Jerusalem al-Quds, on May 16, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Israel’s Channel 12 TV broadcast security footage showing a crowded grandstand collapsing and Jews falling on top of each other.

"We were called again to another event where there was negligence and a lack of responsibility. There will be arrests," Doron Turgeman, an Israeli police chief, said from the scene.

Some 45 Israelis were killed in a stampede during a Jewish bonfire festival held in the north of the occupied territories last April.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law and the UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.


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