Four die as truck rams into pedes­tri­ans in Is­rael

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JERUSALEM: A truck driven by a Pales­tinian rammed into pedes­tri­ans on a pop­u­lar prom­e­nade in Jerusalem yes­ter­day, killing four peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli po­lice who called it a de­lib­er­ate at­tack.

“It’s a ter­ror­ist at­tack, a ram­ming at­tack,” po­lice spokesper­son Luba Samri said on Is­rael Ra­dio.

Po­lice said the dead, three women and one man, were all in their twen­ties.

An Is­raeli bus driver who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent said on the ra­dio the truck ploughed into a group of sol­diers, and that they fired on the driver, who re­versed di­rec­tion and ran over them again.

“They shot him, un­til they neu­tralised him,” said the bus driver, who gave his name only as Moshe. Is­raeli TV sta­tions said the driver was killed, and footage showed bul­let holes in the truck’s wind­screen.

Is­raeli tele­vi­sion sta­tions said at least four peo­ple were killed and that about 15 wounded were strewn on the street at the Ar­mon Hanatziv prom­e­nade over­look­ing the walled Old City of Jerusalem.

Is­rael Ra­dio re­ported the driver was a Pales­tinian but did not im­me­di­ately give his name.

A wave of Pales­tinian street at­tacks, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle ram­mings, has largely slowed but not stopped com­pletely since it be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The at­tack comes amid a more than one year-long wave of Pales­tinian shooting, stab­bing and ve­hic­u­lar at­tacks against Is­raelis that has slowed of late. Yes­ter­day’s in­ci­dent marks the first Is­raeli ca­su­al­ties in three months.

Since Septem­ber 2015, Pales­tinian at­tack­ers have killed 40 Is­raelis and two vis­it­ing Amer­i­cans. Dur­ing that time, 229 Pales­tini­ans have been killed by Is­raeli fire. Is­rael said most of the Pales­tini­ans killed were at­tack­ers while the rest died in clashes.

Is­rael said the vi­o­lence was driven by a Pales­tinian cam­paign of in­cite­ment, while Pales­tini­ans said it’s the re­sult of nearly 50 years of Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion and dwin­dling hopes for an in­de­pen­dent state. – Reuters and AP

Pic­ture: Reuters

Is­raeli res­cue forces work at the scene of a truck-ram­ming in­ci­dent in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of four Is­raelis.

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