On May 16, six Israeli police officers were injured as a result of a ramming attack in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.
A video of the attack shows a car ramming the officers who were gathered under an umbrella in one of Sheikh Jarrah main streets. The attacker, a Palestinian, was shot and killed on the spot by the Israeli Police. It remains unclear if he was armed.
According to Israeli sources, at least one of the injured officers is receiving treatment for moderate wounds in Shaarei Zedek hospital. The injures of the other officers were described as minor.
The attack was praised by Abu Ubaida, a spokesman for the military wing of the Hamas Movement, who described it as a “heroic operation”.
“We praise the daring heroic operation in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which proves that the spirit of the revolution and motivation to resist the occupation is rooted in the heroes of our people in Jerusalem,” the spokesman said in a brief statement.
The Israeli Police stepped up its security measures in Sheikh Jarrah earlier this month, when the neighborhood’s Arab residents protested against government plans to forcible evict some of them.
The protests sparked a heated battle in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian factions launched dozens of rockets at Jerusalem to warn the Israeli government against evicting Arabs from Sheikh Jarrah. The Israeli military responded with a large-scale military operation.
Israel’s operation in Gaza has claimed the lives of more than 190 Palestinians, so far. The heated battle will not likely end soon. Many in Israel are warried that the operation in Gaza is threatening stability in the country. Today’s attack in Sheikh Jarrah may be the first of many.
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