Car rams into Israeli Embassy fence in Tokyo, injures police officer

A car rammed into barricades set up near the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday, injuring a police officer who was on guard amid heightened security due to the Israel-Hamas conflict, investigative sources said.

Police arrested the driver in his 50s, apparently a member of a right-wing group, at the scene for alleged obstruction of official duties, suspecting that he may have targeted the embassy, they said.

The Japanese police officer sustained injuries, including a broken finger, the sources added.

Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a car that rammed into a fence near the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo on Nov. 16, 2023. (Kyodo)

The incident occurred around 60 meters northwest of the embassy amid tightened security as various people and groups have been staging demonstrations in front of the site in protest of Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s military has been intensifying its ground invasion of Gaza as part of its attempt to root out the Palestinian militant group Hamas after it committed a deadly cross-border attack on Oct. 7, in which hundreds of civilians were taken as hostages.

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