Palestinian who ran over 3 soldiers turns himself in

An Israeli border police officer gestures as a wounded man sits on the street after an attack by a Palestinian motorist in Jerusalem November 5, 2014. (Reuters)

A Palestinian who ran over three Israeli soldiers in the southern West Bank turned himself in to the security forces on Thursday, the army said, according to Agence France-Presse.

“The Palestinian suspected of running over the three soldiers last night turned himself into the security forces and has been taken for investigation,” an army statement said.

Following the deadly attack, Israel stepped up security along the Jerusalem light rail tracks.

Israel began installing concrete blocks around the 24 light rail stations, an AFP correspondent reported.

Israeli Police had set up roadblocks in several Palestinian neighborhoods in the east of the city and deployed reinforcements at key road junctions.

Jerusalem holy site

Meanwhile, Israel's prime minister has emphasized there will be no change in the status of a contentious Jerusalem holy site amid spiking tensions in the area.

Government spokesman Mark Regev said Benjamin Netanyahu made the comment at a meeting with security officials late Wednesday.

For several hours before Wednesday's car attack, heavy clashes raged at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City as police faced off with Palestinian stone-throwers bent on preventing a visit by Jewish extremists.

Police managed to calm the situation by locking the protesters inside the mosque then allowed the visit by the Jewish groups to go ahead.

The mosque compound, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims, was open as usual on Thursday morning, an AFP correspondent reported.


(With AFP)


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45