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Mideast: More car ramming attacks as tensions rise over Al Aqsa mosque


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Mideast: More car ramming attacks as tensions rise over Al Aqsa mosque

In a sign of increasing tensions three Israeli soldiers have been wounded after they were rammed by a van just south of Bethlehem.

It was the second such attack on the same day.

Earlier a Palestinian ran over pedestrians in Jerusalem.

In that incident one Israeli was killed and at least thirteen others were injured. The driver then got out of the car and attacked people with a metal bar before being shot dead by police.

Hamas militants have taken responsibility for the attack.

Police identified that driver as a 38-year-old Palestinian who had recently been released from prison after serving time for security offences.

The attacks are though linked to a dispute surrounding the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem where Jewish hardliners have demanded to be able to pray. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site.

There was also anger last week when Israeli authorities closed the Mosque to Muslim worshipers first time in 50 years.

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