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Palestinian detained after Israeli forces open fire on his car for 'driving dangerously'

July 11, 2017 11:36 A.M. (Updated: July 11, 2017 8:55 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces opened fire on a Palestinian vehicle near Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, "riddling it with bullets," because the Palestinian, who was later detained, was allegedly driving erratically.

Spokesman for the Fatah movement in Shufat refugee camp Thaer al-Fasfous told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the area and fired heavily at a Palestinian vehicle before they cordoned off the street.

A source at the Palestinian Red Crescent said ambulances arrived to the scene and saw a car "riddled with bullets," but no injured people were found inside the car or in the area.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld later told Ma’an that Israeli border police spotted the vehicle “driving in a dangerous way,” and that Israeli forces responded by opening fire at the car when the driver did not react to signals by police to pull over.

He said the driver was detained, unscathed, and was currently being questioned by Israeli police.

Last September, Israeli border police heavily opened fire on a vehicle that was driving near clashes outside of Shufat refugee camp. Mustafa Nimr was shot dead inside the car while he was bringing home food and baby clothes.

Israeli authorities later admitted that the 27-year-old was “killed by mistake,” though later attempted to accuse his cousin, who was driving the car, of causing Mustafa’s death by driving negligently which prompted Israeli forces to shower the car with bullets.

Israeli police initially claimed that the two were attempting to carry out a car ramming attack on Israeli officers.

Rights groups have routinely condemned Israeli authorities for their use of excessive force against Palestinians, during incidents that did not warrant a violent response.

Shufat refugee camp is located in northeastern Jerusalem within Israel's municipal boundaries of the city, but is encircled on three sides by Israel’s separation wall, forcing residents to pass through a congested military checkpoint to access the rest of Jerusalem where most claim residency status.
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