An injured Jewish driver lost control of his car and swerved onto a sidewalk after he was pelted with rocks by Arab rioters during a violent protest outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday morning.
The incident took place just outside Lions Gate, close to the Temple Mount of Jerusalem’s Old City.
Israel Police said that stone throwers attacked the car that was travelling on Jericho Road and that as a result, the driver lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road, hitting several people.
After the car stopped, more stone throwers approached it and they continued to pelt it, opening the doors in an attempt to attack the driver and another male passenger.
A police officer arrived at the scene moments after the car swerved onto the sidewalk and he fired warning shots into the air to disperse the mob as they tried to get to the car’s occupants.
Total abandonment of part of the city by security forces…and this is meters from a key entrance to the Old City. Zero security forces present. https://t.co/vKzBQBR9S3
— Seth Frantzman (@sfrantzman) May 10, 2021
Several Palestinian youths were injured when the driver lost control of his car, Palestinian media said.
Police forces in the area dispersed the rioters and were working to locate the suspects.
The car’s occupants, two men aged 27 and 28, were lightly injured and received medical treatment, according to the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service.
“We arrived at the scene and saw the men standing outside the vehicle while the police guarded them. The injured suffered from light injuries and the effects of tear gas,” senior MDA medic Malka Lock said.
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Source: Jerusalem Post