Six Israeli policemen injured when a Palestinian crashes his vehicle against a roadblock in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian driver who crashed his car into a police roadblock, injuring six policemen, in a Jerusalem neighborhood flashpoint, police said.
Sunday’s incident happened at Sheikh Jarrah, in Israel-occupied East Jerusalem, which is the subject of a court case in which several Palestinian families could be forcibly evicted from homes claimed by Jewish settlers.
A video obtained by the Reuters news agency showed a car hitting the roadblock at high speed in what police said was a deliberate attack. Police said officers opened fire, killing the driver, whose name was not immediately released.
Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the ruling Hamas group in Gaza, hailed what he described as “the heroic and daring operation” to Sheikh Jarrah.
Hostilities had broken out after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem last week, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas to disperse a sit-in in support of residents of Sheikh Jarrah .
Hamas began launching rockets at Israel on Monday shortly after the expiration of the ultimatum it issued to the Israeli security forces to leave Al-Aqsa, which sparked an Israeli operation that has until present killed at least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women.
Israel has reported 10 deaths, including two children.
The Jerusalem District Court has ruled that at least six families must leave their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, despite living there for generations.
The same court ruled that seven more families are expected to vacate their homes by August 1. A total of 58 people, including 17 children, are expected to be forcibly displaced to make way for Jewish settlers.
Israel’s High Court postponed a key hearing on Sheikh Jarrah’s forced evictions last Monday amid mounting tensions in Jerusalem.
In Sheikh Jarrah after dark on Sunday, police brought in a mobile crane to put up concrete barriers, blocking the entrance to the potential eviction site and an adjacent grave believed to be the burial place of Simon the Just, a former Jewish high priest.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed it in a move that did not gain international recognition.
East Jerusalem is among the territories Palestinians seek for a future state. Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital – a status unrecognized abroad.