Israeli policewoman, Arab run over separately in Israel

Tension is running high in East Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several hours after an extremist rabbi was injured in a drive-by shooting

Israeli policewoman, Arab run over separately in Israel

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Israeli policewoman and an Arab resident of Israel were run over on Thursday in two different incidents in central Israel.

The policewoman was run over by a car in Bat Yam city in central Israel, Israel's police said.

It added in a statement that was read out by Israeli radio that the driver of the car was arrested in Rishon LeZion, an area close to the Israeli capital Tel Aviv.

Police did not, however, disclose the identity of the driver of the car or the possible motivations behind the incident.

Meanwhile, an Israeli Arab was run over by an Israeli truck in the Arab city of Kafr Qasim in central Israel too.

The man sustained moderate injuries, but the driver ran away immediately after the accident, an Israeli police source told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

He added that police are investigating whether the incident was deliberate or a just an accident.

Earlier this week, an Israeli driver had run over and killed a Palestinian man near an Israeli checkpoint in northern West Bank.

Palestinian child detained

Meanwhile, a Palestinian child was detained Thursday by Israeli police for allegedly throwing stones at police in East Jerusalem's Old City.

Israeli police said on Twitter that stones were thrown at its troops in the Old City, although no injuries were reported. A 12-year-old suspect, it added, had been detained in connection with the incident.

Tension has run high in East Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several hours after an extremist rabbi was injured in a drive-by shooting in West Jerusalem.

Unrest mounted further when Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man – in a raid on his East Jerusalem home – who had been suspected of having shot the rabbi.

Further aggravating the situation, a number of Israeli parliamentarians have forced their way into the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in recent weeks, drawing the ire of Muslim worshippers and official condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries.

Since then, 11 Israelis, including two security personnel, have been killed – and several others injured – in a spate of attacks by Palestinians, both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state – a move never recognized by the international community.

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