Israeli Driver Rams Into Palestinian Protesters As Jerusalem Clashes Escalate

Video posted on social media showed an Israeli driver rammed his vehicle into Palestinians near the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem on Monday.

According to a Times of Israel reporter, the motorist drove into a Palestinian pedestrian after stones were apparently thrown at his vehicle near the Lions' Gate.

Video footage shows the vehicle got stuck after ramming into a person and hitting a barrier. Pictures of the driver showed he was bleeding following the collision. The condition of the person struck by his vehicle was not immediately clear.

The Israeli driver that rammed into Palestinians near Lion's Gate appears to be lightly wounded, unclear regarding those struck. pic.twitter.com/S0aLoxRW3W

— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) May 10, 2021

Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tweeted aerial footage of the incident, saying Palestinians had attempted to "lynch the passengers" of the vehicle.

That led to the driver "losing control over the vehicle," according to Gendelman. He added: "An Israeli police officer saved them from a sure death."

The video shows pedestrians appearing to throw things at the vehicle shortly before it charges forwards, with one door open. Several pedestrians are seen appearing to attack the driver while the vehicle remains lodged in the barrier until an officer approaches and they run off.

Dramatic video from moments ago: Palestinians try to lynch the passengers of an Israeli car near the Old City of #Jerusalem, which led to the driver losing control over the vehicle. An Israeli police officer saved them from a sure death. pic.twitter.com/Y3LQwlbR9i

— Ofir Gendelman (@ofirgendelman) May 10, 2021

The incident comes following days of violence at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Tensions were especially high on Monday as Israel marked Jerusalem Day, celebrating the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967.

The Associated Press reported that Israeli authorities temporarily prohibited Jewish visitors from entering the Al-Aqsa compound, but allowed the Jerusalem Day parade, which Palestinians view as provocative, to take place.

The site is revered by both Muslims and Jews, who know it as Temple Mount.

At the Al-Aqsa compound on Monday, Israeli police fired tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets at Palestinian protesters who threw stones.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it treated more than 278 wounded demonstrators during Monday's clashes, with at least 205 taken to hospitals and five sustaining "very serious" injuries. Three of the organization's paramedics were also injured.

In a statement on Sunday, the organization said Israeli forces had denied access to areas close to the violence, including the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Damascus Gate.

"Moreover, tear gas canisters were fired and skunk water sprayed at its medics, volunteers and ambulances," the organization added.

Israel has faced international condemnation for its actions at the site during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Violence has taken place on an almost nightly basis starting after Israel blocked off a popular spot where Muslims traditionally gather for Iftar, the evening meal marking the end of daylong fasts, at the start of Ramadan.

The restrictions were later lifted, but clashes then resumed over the planned evictions of several Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

05/10/21 07:00 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include more details of the incident and a Tweet from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesperson.

Palestinians run for cover
Palestinians run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem's Old City on May 10, 2021, ahead of a planned march to commemorate Israel's takeover of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images