A large flatbed truck driven by a Palestinian terrorist slammed into a group of soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Yerushalayim this afternoon, killing four – three women and one man in their 20s – and injuring 15.
Police Chief Roni Alsheich called it a terror attack. He identified the attacker, who accelerated as he rammed into the soldiers, as Fadi al-Qanbar, a resident of the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem, explaining how the perpetrator had an Israeli driver’s license and was driving a car with an Israeli license plate. A photo of the terrorist can be seen below, at the very end of the photos.
Hamas praised the murderous attack, with its terror spokesman, Hazaem Qassam, stating, “These operations show that all tries to get around the resistance or to stop it will fail every time.”
The soldiers were visiting Yerushalayim as part of the IDF’s “Culture Sundays,” in which soldiers are taken to historical and national sites. They were getting off a bus when the truck rammed into them.
MDA treated those who were wounded – five in serious condition, one in moderate-to-serious condition and 9 in light condition – and evacuated them to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center, Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem Medical Center and Hadassah Medical Center on Mt. Scopus.
According to those at the scene, after the terrorists slammed into the soldiers with the truck, he put the truck in reverse and then drove over them a second time. It is not clear if the soldiers were killed from the initial ramming or the subsequent one.
The terrorist was shot by soldiers in the group and died of his wounds. The soldier’s guide, Eitan Rod, told Channel 10 that it seemed like the soldiers hesitated before shooting the terrorist. Perhaps they were unsure at the time if it was an accident or a deliberate attack.
Video captures moment of the attack:
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