Police say 5 wounded in ramming assault close to Jerusalem market Lalrp


RAMALLAH, West Financial institution — A automobile ramming assault Monday close to a well-liked Jerusalem market wounded 5 individuals and the driving force was shot and killed, Israeli police mentioned, because the nation was set to memorialize its fallen troopers.

The assertion mentioned the driving force of the automobile was shot and killed on the scene close to the bustling, open-air Mahane Yehuda market. A 70-year-old man was in severe situation, police mentioned. It was the newest bloodshed in a yearlong wave of near-daily violence that has gripped the area.

Hours earlier, the Palestinian Well being Ministry mentioned, Israeli forces working in a refugee camp within the occupied West Financial institution killed a Palestinian man.

The violence got here as Israel was set to mark its Memorial Day for fallen troopers and victims of militant assaults, starting at sunset Monday, adopted by its seventy fifth Independence Day the next night.

Beginning on Monday afternoon, Israel was set to shut off the West Financial institution and the Gaza Strip to all Palestinians wishing to depart apart from humanitarian circumstances, a closure anticipated to proceed till late Wednesday. Israel recurrently tightens its restrictions on motion out of the West Financial institution and Gaza throughout holidays in what it says is a safety precaution.

The Magen David Adom medical service mentioned 5 injured individuals have been transferred from the scene of the automobile ramming to a hospital and {that a} 70-year-old man was in severe situation.

Earlier, the Palestinian Well being Ministry recognized the person who was killed by Israeli forces within the West Financial institution as Suleiman Ayesh Awaid, 20, and mentioned he was fatally shot within the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp. The camp has repeatedly been the scene of preventing between Israeli troops and Palestinians in latest months.

The Israeli navy mentioned it was working within the space when two suspects have been noticed fleeing. Troopers opened fireplace and struck not less than one of many suspects.

Violence between Israel and the Palestinians has spiked over the past 12 months, after a bout of Palestinian assaults prompted Israel to launch near-nightly arrest raids into West Financial institution cities, villages and cities.

Israel says its raids are important to dismantle militant networks and thwart future assaults, however violence has proven no signal of abating. The Palestinians say the raids entrench Israel’s 56-year, open-ended occupation of lands they search for a future impartial state.

Bloodshed has solely intensified for the reason that begin of this 12 months. Thus far this 12 months, 95 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fireplace within the West Financial institution, in keeping with a tally by The Related Press, not less than half of them affiliated with militant teams. Throughout that point, 19 individuals have been killed in Palestinian assaults on Israelis.

Tensions have been significantly excessive over the past month, as Muslims marked the holy month of Ramadan, which this 12 months coincided with the Jewish vacation of Passover. Earlier this month, an Israeli police raid on Muslim worshippers at a delicate Jerusalem holy website touched off rocket salvos from militants in Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and Syria, which Israel responded to with air strikes.

Additionally earlier this month, Palestinian gunmen killed three British-Israeli girls — a mom and two of her daughters — as they have been driving of their automobile within the West Financial institution. In a separate incident, an Italian vacationer was killed and 5 others have been wounded when a Palestinian-Israeli’s automobile careened onto a motorcycle path close to the seashore in Tel Aviv in what authorities described as a suspected assault.