Four killed in Jerusalem truck ramming

Palestinian driver 'reversed back and forth' over bodies on ground


At least four people have been killed and 17 wounded after a truck ploughed into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem today.

The four dead were identified as IDF Lieutenant Yael Yekutiel, aged 20, of Givatayim, Cadet Shir Hajaj, 22, of Maaleh Adumim, Cadet Shira Tzur, 20, from Haifa, and Cadet Erez Orbach, 20, from Alon Shvut.

Some people were left trapped under the vehicle after it veered from its course onto the Armon Hanatziv Promenade, where it hit a group getting off a bus.

According to reports, the truck driver was Jabel Mukaber, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. He reportedly reversed back and forth over the people he had run over.

The driver of the truck was shot.

Commenting on the attack, Sir Mick Davis, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said the thoughts and prayers of British Jews were with the victims and their families. 

He said: "Tragically we have seen so much terror these past months and years and it should be clear to all that to terrorists there is no difference between soldiers and civilians, men and women or adults and children. Their only goal is to spread terror and cause human tragedy.

"For this to happen in Jerusalem, so close to the Old City, is a particular reminder of the dangers Israelis are exposed to day in, day out. None of us should have to face the constant threat of terrorism and we condemn those who support and celebrate acts of terrorism of this nature."

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