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Palestinian Killed by Bystanders After Ramming Into Israelis

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 
Image: An Israeli policeman stands next to the scene where a motorist rammed into a bus stop in Jerusalem, injuring at least nine people before he was shot dead, Israeli police said, in what appeared to be latest in a surge of Palestinian street attacks
An Israeli police officer stands next to the scene where a motorist rammed into a bus stop, injuring at least nine people before he was shot dead, in Jerusalem on Dec. 14, 2015.AMMAR AWAD / Reuters

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JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man died Monday after ramming his car into pedestrians at a crowded bus stop at the western entrance to Jerusalem, wounding nine, according to Israeli police.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said bystanders shot Abed Almohsin Hassoneh, 21, from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina. She said police found an axe in Hassoneh's vehicle, suggesting he intended to attack Israelis.

Israeli Channel 2 TV News showed a white Mazda that had barreled into a bus station Monday under the city's iconic Calatrava bridge.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the site minutes after the attack, which occurred near his home in west Jerusalem.

He said the city would erect protective barriers near bus stations on the city's main traffic arteries.

Barkat praised the "immediate alertness" of bystanders who averted "a grave tragedy."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, "We are facing a new kind of terrorism, a terrorism of individuals that affects not only us but other states in the world as well."

The ramming is the latest in a three-month period of near-daily attacks. Since mid-September, Palestinians have killed 19 Israelis in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. At least 113 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire in the same period, of whom 76 are said by Israel to be assailants. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders. Palestinians say the attacks stem from despair at ever shaking off Israeli rule.

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