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Death Toll Rises After Hamas Militant Rams Pedestrians in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM — An Israeli man injured when a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians died of his injuries on Friday, taking to death toll to three. The militant Islamist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday at a light rail stop in Jerusalem.

A man aged about 20 died at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem of his injuries, according to a hospital spokeswoman. An Israeli border policeman was also killed in the attack by a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem, who was fatally shot at the scene. Tensions have risen steadily in Jerusalem since before a Gaza war that ended with a truce in late August. Nearly daily stone-throwing protests have erupted in East Jerusalem neighborhoods, and at a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem housing Islam's third-holiest site, and which Jews revere as the place where biblical Jewish temples once stood. Israeli police deployed extra forces on Friday to try and prevent further violence, also limiting access to worshippers by permitting only Muslim men older than 35 to enter the compound of the al-Aqsa mosque — which is also known as the Temple Mount.

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