February 26, 2024

A 53-year-old man reportedly has been arrested in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday after driving his vehicle into a barrier outside the Israeli embassy there. 

The crash – which police say was caused by a suspect belonging to a right-wing organization – left a police officer in his 20s with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Reuters. 

Israel’s ambassador to Japan Gilad Cohen wrote in a post on X that he was “shocked by the suspected vehicular ramming attack on a police officer on guard near the Israeli embassy in Tokyo.  

“This matter is under investigation by the local police. I would like to express gratitude to the Japanese government and Tokyo Police for their commitment to ensuring our security,” he added. “Wishing a speedy recovery to the injured police officer.” 

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Vehicle crashes into barrier near Israeli embassy in Tokyo

A view of the scene after a vehicle crashed into a barricade near the Israeli embassy in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Nov. 16.    (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/TPX Images Of The Day)

Images taken from the scene showed a small van with its front passenger side mangled after striking the barrier. 

The crash happened in an area near the embassy that has been the site of a few pro-Palestinian demonstrations in recent weeks, Reuters reports. 

The news agency also cited residents as saying that police have increased security in the area since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war on Oct. 7. 

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Van damaged after striking barrier in Tokyo

A view of the aftermath following the crash in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday. (Reuters/Irene Wang/TPX Images Of The Day)

The crash comes about a month after an Israeli embassy employee was stabbed outside his workplace in China, according to Chinese and Israeli authorities.  

The 50-year-old man, described as a family member of an Israeli diplomat, was attacked upon exiting the Beijing embassy on Oct. 13. 

“The employee was transferred to hospital and he is in a stable condition,” the Israeli government said in a statement. 

Beijing police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing, whom they describe as a 53-year-old foreigner. 

Pro-Palestinian rally in Tokyo

The incident happened in an area where there has been pro-Palestinian demonstrations in recent weeks, according to Reuters. In this image taken on Oct. 16, people are seen during a rally in Tokyo protesting Israel’s military activity in the Gaza Strip. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

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The motive for that attack is unclear. 

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report. 

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