18-02-2020 08:29 PM Jerusalem Timing

Occupation Forces Step up Security Measures in Al-Quds

Occupation Forces Step up Security Measures in Al-Quds

Israeli occupation forces tightened security measures along al-Quds (Jerusalem) light rail tracks Thursday after an operation by a Palestinian a day earlier.

Israeli occupation forces tightened security measures along al-Quds (Jerusalem) light rail tracks Thursday after an operation by a Palestinian a day earlier.

Following Wednesday's operation, which killed a border policeman and wounded nine other people, one of them critically, the occupation authorities began installing concrete blocks around the 24 light rail stations, an AFP correspondent reported.

During the operation Ibrahim al-Akari, 38, from Shuafat refugee camp in annexed east al-Quds, ran over three border policemen before ramming his car into passengers waiting at the Shimon HaTsadik light rail stop. Israeli occupation police

He then jumped out of his vehicle and attacked bystanders with an iron bar before being shot dead by police.

After the operation, clashes erupted in the refugee camp as well as in the Palestinian neighborhoods of Issawiya and Silwan, raging late into the night.

By morning, police had set up roadblocks in several Palestinian neighborhoods in the east of the holy city and deployed reinforcements at key road junctions.

Overnight, 16 Palestinians were arrested, occupation police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Wednesday operation  took place exactly two weeks after another Palestinian from Silwan rammed his car into passengers at a light rail stop on the same road, several hundred meters further north, killing two Israelis.