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05 Feb 2020 | 10:54 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: Suspected car-ramming incident in Jerusalem February 6

Police are investigating a suspected car-ramming incident in Jerusalem that left 14 people injured on February 6; avoid the area

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Event

An investigation into a suspected car-ramming attack is ongoing in Jerusalem as of 06:40 (local time) on Thursday, February 6, after a vehicle hit pedestrians earlier in the morning. At least 14 people were injured, including one in serious condition, after a car hit pedestrians near First Station around 02:00 on Thursday. The driver fled the scene in their vehicle and a large police operation is underway to find the suspect. According to a police spokesperson, the incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack. Details are still emerging.

A heightened police presence and increased security measures, including checkpoints, searches, and road closures, are anticipated around the area of the incident.

Context

Tensions have increased in the region since US President Donald Trump announced his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan on January 28. Palestinians have held multiple demonstrations in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since the announcement, which have sometimes turned violent.

Advice

Individuals in Jerusalem are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.