Six Israeli policemen injured while a Palestinian crashes his vehicle into a barrier in Sheikh Jarrah’s neighborhood.
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian driver who crashed his car into a police ravine, injuring six officers, in a flashpoint neighborhood of Jerusalem, said police.
Sunday’s incident occurred in Sheikh Jarrah, in Israel-occupied East Jerusalem, which is the focus of a court case in which several Palestinian families could be forcibly evicted from homes claimed by Jewish settlers.
The video obtained by the Reuters news agency showed a car crashing at high speed against the roadblock in what police said was a deliberate attack. Police said officers opened fire and killed the driver, whose name was not released immediately.
Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the ruling Hamas group in Gaza, praised what he called a “heroic and daring operation” for Sheikh Jarrah.
Hostilities had increased after Israeli police stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem last week, firing rubber bullets coated with rubber and tear gas to disperse a staging in support of Sheikh Jarrah’s residents.
Hamas began firing rockets at Israel on Monday shortly after issuing the ultimatum that Israeli security forces were leaving Al-Aqsa, prompting an Israeli operation that has killed at least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women.
Israel has reported ten 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 other families should leave their homes before August 1st. A total of 58 people, including 17 children, will have to be forcibly displaced to make way for Jewish settlers.
The Israeli high court delayed a key hearing last Monday over the forced expulsions of Sheikh Jarrah amid growing tensions in Jerusalem.
In Sheikh Jarrah, after Sunday afternoon, police brought a mobile crane to lift concrete barriers in place, blocking the entrance to the potential eviction site and an adjacent grave that would have the reputation of being the site of burial of Simon the Just, a former Jewish priest.
Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a movement that has not gained international recognition.
East Jerusalem is among the territories the Palestinians are looking for for a future state. Israel considers all of Jerusalem to be its capital, an unrecognized status abroad.