In Jerusalem, near the popular tourist pleasure grounds the truck driver ran over pedestrians, they were young soldiers. Four people, including three girls, were killed and over 10 injured. The authorities immediately declared the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on ISIS. Executor of the terrorist act called previously convicted Palestinian Fadi al-Kanabi.
Truck on a platform Armon ha neighborhood has made a sudden turn and ran over the soldiers who got off the bus, the Associated Press reports, citing Israeli media. Police opened fire and wounded the driver.
“We know the identity of the assailant, by all accounts he was a supporter of ISIS”
It was initially reported that three people were killed, but later in his microblog on Twitter the ambulance service of Israel reported fourth victims. All the victims were 20 years old. Among them, according to Deutsche Welle, there were three girls and one man.
Israeli police circulated a communiqué in which immediately described the incident as a terrorist attack. “Police are investigating information about the terrorist who committed the attack”, – the press service of the Israeli police TASS. And, according to her, “the terrorist is neutralized”.
#BREAKING cctv video of moment of the #attack in #Jerusalem. *graphic video* no available credit. pic.twitter.com/41DSE5p3s3
— Yonat Friling (@Foxyonat) 8 January 2017.
Haaretz, in turn, reports the words of the inspector General of the Israel police, Roni Algae, which also evaluated the impact on Israeli soldiers as a terrorist act.
The Palestinian track and LIH*
As reported with reference to local police Jerusalem Post newspaper, a truck driver rammed a group of soldiers in Jerusalem, was a Palestinian from the Eastern part of the city – Jebel Mukaber. Law enforcement officers also said that the attacker had an Israeli driver’s license.
Information portal ynetnews, citing Palestinian sources reported that the assailant’s name was Fadi al-Kanabi, he had previously served time in a prison in East Jerusalem. At the moment, authorities have already raided his house.
According to the police spokesman, the authorities had no intelligence about the impending attack. The area where the attack occurred, is bordered by several Arab neighborhoods.
Meanwhile an official statement about the incident was made by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. He said that all the evidence points to the identity of the truck driver to the “Islamic state*”. “We know the identity of the assailant, by all accounts he was a supporter of the IG,” – quotes its words Reuters .
Recall that the situation in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict escalated in September 2015. As reported TASS, during this time, in Israel and the West Bank of the Jordan river, there were more than 300 attacks of cold steel and firearms, explosive devices, and also cars.
As a result of attacks killed more than 40 people of Israel, about 500 injured.
23 December 2016 the UN Security Council adopted resolution 2334 demanding Israel to immediately stop settlement activity in the Palestinian territories. Israeli politicians have repeatedly stated that they were not going to implement that resolution.
* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”