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14 hurt as car rams onto pedestrians in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Feb 6 (IANS) At least 14 people were injured, including one in critical condition, on Thursday after a car rammed onto pedestrians in the Israeli city of Jerusalem, police said.

The incident occurred at about 2 a.m. near Jerusalem’s First Station, a popular entertainment hub, The Times of Israel said in a report.

The police said the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene and “a large force of officers were carrying out searches”.

Medics have said that among the injured was a “youth in his 20s who was a serious condition, unconscious and suffering major trauma”.

The incident comes amid a rise in tensions following the release of US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, which has already been rejected by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

On January 28, Trump revealed the controversial plan which calls for a two-state solution while recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital”, Xinhua news agency.

During a meeting of Foreign Minister at the OIC headquarters in Jeddah on Monday, the pan-Islamic body rejected the plan and urged its 57 members not to help implement it or “cooperate with the US administration’s efforts to enforce it any way or form”.

Requested by the Palestinian leadership, the OIC meeting came two days after the Arab League rejected the plan, saying that it “does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people”.




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