December 16, 2018

Jerusalem attack:: Four dead after lorry driver rams soldiers

88Four people have been killed in Jerusalem by a driver who rammed a lorry into a group of soldiers, in what police say was a terrorist attack.
Three women and one man, all in their twenties, were killed and at least 13 more were wounded, medics say.
Police said the driver had been shot dead by soldiers from the group.
Over the past 15 months there have been many attacks on Israelis by Palestinians – using knives, guns and sometimes vehicles.
A bus driver who witnessed the attack on Sunday told Israeli radio that the driver ploughed into the group before reversing over victims.
Israel’s police chief Roni Alsheich told reporters the attacker was from an Arab neighbourhood in east Jerusalem.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas praised the attacker. Spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou called it a “heroic” act and encouraged other Palestinians to “escalate the resistance”.
Before this latest incident, 35 Israelis had been killed in a wave of knife, gun and car-ramming attacks by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs since October 2015.
More than 200 Palestinians – mostly attackers, Israel says – have also been killed in that period.
Israel says Palestinian incitement has fuelled the attacks. The Palestinian leadership has blamed frustration rooted in decades of Israeli occupation.
The BBC’s Yolande Knell in Jerusalem says the number of attacks had begun to subside in recent months, but Sunday’s incident is one of the most serious there has been.

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