A group of Israeli soldiers was standing beside a bus in Jerusalem when a speeding truck headed right at them, bounced into the air, came back down onto the road, and plowed through the group without warning Sunday.
The Palestinian driver was eventually shot dead by Israeli police, but not before killing four Israeli soldiers and wounding 15 others with his weaponized vehicle. After running over the soldiers, the driver shifted into reverse and trapped ten of the soldiers under the wheels of the truck.
Some of the surviving soldiers managed to jump clear and opened fire, riddling the cab of the truck and killing the driver.
An instructor accompanying the soldiers said he killed the terrorist.
The soldiers were on a cultural sightseeing tour of the city when they were attacked.
Israel Police classified this incident as a terrorist attack.
Eyewitness Leah Schreiber said: “There was no sense in that reverse. He drove backward to crush more people. That was really clear.”
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— אלי שלזינגר (@EliShlezinger) January 8, 2017
Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou called it “a ‘heroic’ act and encouraged other Palestinians to do the same to “escalate the resistance.”
Qanou said Sunday’s attack “proves the wave of Palestinian violence has not ended,” despite a recent lull. He added, ‘It may be quiet, it may linger, but it will never end.”
Hamas currently rules the Gaza Strip region and has pledged to destroy Israel.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on residents to be wary but to carry on with their everyday lives.
“Unfortunately, there is no limit to the cruelty of terrorists who spare no means in killing Jews and disrupting their way of life. Those who incite and support terror must pay a heavy price.”
Local authorities have reported that the dead include three women and one man, all in their 20’s.
H/T: Daily Mail UK
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