Palestinian killed in second bulldozer incident

Tuesday's incident took place near the landmark King David Hotel, which regularly hosts the rich and famous.

Palestinian killed in second bulldozer incident
A Palestinian bulldozer driver was shot dead in central Jerusalem on Tuesday after injuring at least 16 people, Israeli police and rescue services said.

On July 2, a Palestinian in Jerusalem killed three people and wounded 30 others when he rammed a bulldozer into a bus and cars on a busy street before being shot dead.

Jerusalem police chief Aharon Franco said "the bulldozer then rammed five cars and damaged them. A civilian tried to stop him when a border guard arrived and killed him."

Tuesday's incident took place near the landmark King David Hotel, which regularly hosts the rich and famous. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown stayed there on his visit to Jerusalem earlier this week.

It also came a day before US presidential candidate Barack Obama is due in town on the latest leg of a tour of the Middle East and Europe.

The Palestinian was named as Ghassan Abu Tir, 22, from Umm Tuba, a district of occupied east Jerusalem.

There was no immediate indication of what his motives were.

The Palestinian movement Hamas called that attack "the natural result of continuing Israeli aggression and crimes against our people in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem."

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in November after a seven-year hiatus but have made little progress.

Agencies
Last Mod: 22 Temmuz 2008, 16:17
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