Three Palestinians Killed, 12 Israeli Soldiers Injured as Tensions Rise After Release of Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan

Israeli police officers inspect the scene of an attack in Jerusalem, early Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Israeli paramedics say 14 soldiers were injured in a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem overnight. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Three Palestinians were killed in clashes in the West Bank and 12 Israeli soldiers were injured in a ramming attack in Jerusalem as tensions rise across the region following the release of the Trump administration’s Mideast plan.

Early Thursday morning, a Palestinian assailant carried out a ramming attack against Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. The soldiers, who were new recruits in the Golani infantry unit, were at the First Station in Jerusalem when the incident happened, the IDF said. The First Station is a popular tourist site near the Old City that’s built upon an old train station. One soldier was seriously injured, but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus. The others sustained minor injuries.

“On behalf of all citizens of Israel, I send wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded soldiers,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement. “It is only a question of time — and not much time — until we apprehend the attacker. Terrorism will not defeat us; we will win!”

Israeli counter-terror police arrested the suspect in the southern West Bank on Thursday evening, police said in a statement.

Hamas praised the ramming attack, calling it a “heroic operation” and hailing it as a “new stage of revolution” against Israel.

In the Old City of Jerusalem Thursday afternoon, an attacker opened fire at police officers standing near Lion’s Gate, one of the entrances for Muslim worshippers to the al-Aqsa mosque. One border police officer was injured and the attacker was shot and killed, Israeli police said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem and alleyways leading to the al-Aqsa mosque were closed for a short time after the attack.

The attacks come amid a series of violent incidents over the last 24 hours in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.

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SOURCE: CNN, Oren Liebermann, Abeer Salman and Michael Schwartz