A Palestinian taxi driver was shot on Sunday after attempting to run over an Israeli policeman in East Jerusalem. Both the Palestinian and the policeman suffered light wounds.
The 39-year-old Palestinian, a resident of Jerusalem's Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, was driving up to the gate of a police station in East Jerusalem, when he hit a supply car leaving the station, Jerusalem District Police said. A Border Police officer stationed at the gate left the guard post and asked to speak with the driver. At that point the Palestinian allegedly drove in reverse, and then accelerated in an attempt to run over the guard.
Three Israel Police officers who witnessed the incident responded, opening fire at the taxi. The Palestinian was lightly wounded after suffering a leg injury as a result of the shooting.
The policeman suffered minor injuries. Both the policeman and the Palestinian were evacuated to receive medical treatment.
The Palestinian was known to the police, who suspect the motive behind the incident was nationalist. In a preliminary investigation, the driver told the police: 'I lost my mind and I wanted to drive into the station."
Last Wednesday, Muhamad Ziad Awad Salima, 17, was shot and killed by a Border Police officer near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. An initial investigation indicated that the Palestinian youth attacked an officer stationed at guard post, knocked him to the ground, and pulled out a pistol. Another Border Police officer on the scene shot the assailant, killing him. Only then was it discovered that the Palestinian's gun was a fake.
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