East Jerusalem man perpetrated ramming attack; Hamas hails 'heroic' act

"The truck operation in Jerusalem affirms that all attempts to encircle the intifada will fail."

January 8, 2017 17:08
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Jerusalem terror attack

Scene of Jerusalem ramming attack. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Hamas lauded as "heroic" the deadly truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem on Sunday that left four Israelis killed and more than a dozen others wounded.

"The truck operation in Jerusalem affirms that all attempts to encircle the [Palestinian] intifada will fail," the Palestinian terrorist group said on Twitter.

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The group stopped short of taking credit for the attack.

Police identified the driver as an Arab resident of east Jerusalem. The motorist was shot and neutralized after plowing into a group of bystanders at the promenade in the capital's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.
Paramedics at scene of Jerusalem vehicular terror attack at the Armon Hanatziv promenade, Jan. 8, 2017 (credit: MAGEN DAVID ADOM)

It was not immediately known if the perpetrator acted alone or was part of a terrorist organization. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the scene of the attack that the man was a resident of the east Jerusalem neighborhood Jebl Mukaber and he was likely a supporter of Islamic State.

The Armon Hanatziv neighborhood abuts the Arab neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber. The area has been the scene of numerous attacks over the past 15 months.

Following a terror attack in which two people were killed by Jebl Mukaber residents in Armon Hanatziv in October 2015, a wall was temporarily erected separating the Arab and Jewish neighborhoods.

The wall was taken down shortly afterward following complaints from numerous human rights groups and left-wing politicians who condemned it as collective punishment that violated the rights of law-abiding Arab residents.

Adam Rasgon and Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.

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