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Jordan Man Shot After Jumping Israeli Border, Attempting a Carjacking

The man threw stones at a car, causing it to crash; Israeli woman lightly hurt.

A Jordanian man jumped the border into Israel was shot by a security guard after throwing rocks at a car in the Jordan Valley.

The incident took place on Route 90, in northern Israel. A woman whose car was the target of the rocks crashed into a road barrier and was lightly hurt.

The man, who the Israeli army described as "mentally unstable", then tried to force her out of the car, evidently in an effort to steal it, but was chased away by another driver who noticed the incident.

The assailant was then shot by a security guard from a nearby kibbutz. He was taken to a Tiberias hospital in moderate condition.

The Israel Defense Forces said that the security guard shot the man while following the arrest procedure. The incident is under investigation, the IDF said, but added that it seemed the attack was criminal in nature and that the man had crossed into Israel with the intent of stealing a vehicle.  

The head of the Jordan Valley Regional Council, Idan Greenbaum, described the incident as a "severe" security breach.

"We are concerned that a Jordanian citizen can cross the border and wonder around the Jordan Valley," he said.

Noa Shpigel

Haaretz Correspondent

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.729710



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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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