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Palestinian woman injured in Jewish Quarter attack

Oct. 23, 2014 6:03 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 24, 2014 10:42 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian woman was injured after an unknown assailant hurled a rock at her as she walked through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem on Thursday, Israeli sources said.

The rock attack, which hit the woman in the head as she passed through the neighborhood, left her lightly injured.

Paramedics treated her on the scene and local police opened an investigation into the incident.

The attack comes in the wake of clashes and mounting tensions across Jerusalem a day after a young Palestinian man drove his car into a light rail stop, killing one and injuring eight others. The man was shot dead by police on the scene.

Although his family has said their son lost control of the car, Israeli authorities have deemed the incident a "terrorist attack."

The Jewish Quarter, where the attack on the Palestinian woman occurred on Thursday, is located in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

After the area was occupied by Israeli forces in 1967, around 6,000 Palestinians from nearby areas were summarily evicted in order to massively expand the small Jewish quarter that historically existed in the area.

Palestinians today consider the area to be a settlement due to the widespread destruction of Palestinian property in the area and its replacement with buildings and services targeting an exclusively Jewish residential population.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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