Driver in collision with police car dies in Jerusalem

A driver in Jerusalem’s Old City has died in a police car accident, medics said Sunday.

Jerusalem police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the driver, identified as 23-year-old Avraham Meiri, was killed in the crash.

The ambulance service said Meiri was the second person to die in the Old City since the start of Israel’s assault on Gaza on July 8.

Meiri is survived by his father, who was in the hospital, and two siblings.

The police chief of the nearby Beit El settlement, Shimon Shapira, told AFP that the driver’s family was notified and that a memorial service would be held.

“He was an excellent person, a very nice guy,” Shapira said.

“He had his own family, he was a nice person.

He was very much in love with the city.”

The Israeli military said it would not tolerate “anti-Semitic” incidents.

The death marks the latest in a string of Israeli attacks on Palestinians, who say Israel’s crackdown on protests is causing more and more deaths.

In March, Israeli forces killed an unarmed 18-year old Palestinian teenager and his father in the West Bank.

In June, Israeli troops opened fire on protesters in the occupied West Bank after they hurled rocks at them.

On Thursday, a Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces in the northern West Bank, a day after a similar attack killed another 17-yearold.