Putin offers condolences to Netanyahu over terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Willard RiveraJan 09, 2017

Three women and one man, all in their twenties, were killed after the truck swerved into the group of people, in what police described as a 'terrorist attack.' In addition, 15 people were injured, one critically, emergency services reported. The Palestinians and rights groups have accused Israel of using excessive force in some confrontations.

The truck-ramming attack came on the same day that Israeli military released statistics showing that 41 soldiers had lost their lives previous year. Several other soldiers are believed to have been injured.

Roni Alsheich, the national police chief, told reporters he could not rule out that the Palestinian was motivated by a truck ramming attack in a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people last month.

-A Palestinian attack on Israeli soldiers Sunday broke months of relative calm in Jerusalem and underscored a raw debate about how best to protect the state.

Hamas did not claim responsibility for the attack but a spokesperson nonetheless celebrated it as "heroic". "It may be quiet, it may linger, but it will never end", he said.

The driver who plowed a truck into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem, killing four people and injuring at least 10, may have been an ISIS sympathizer, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A bus driver who witnessed the incident told the station that the driver ploughed into the group before reversing over victims.

"I saw a truck that rammed youngsters getting off the bus next to the Armon Hanatziv observation point".

The attack matched the deadliest in a more than yearlong wave of Palestinian shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks against Israelis that had slowed of late. She says the attacker has been neutralized.

A top Jordanian government minister warned Thursday of "catastrophic" consequences if President-elect Donald Trump relocates the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the country's capital in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine termed the incident as a natural response from Palestinians to the ongoing Israeli aggression and its violent treatment of Palestinian people.

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