Four Israelis in their 20s killed in east Jerusalem truck ramming: medics

The moment before a truck rammed into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem captured on surveillance video in what is suspected to be a terror attack on January 8, 2017
Reports of a second vehicular attack nearby were ruled out by Israeli authorities

Four Israelis were killed and at least 15 others injured after a truck rammed into a group of pedestrians, mostly soldiers, as they were disembarking from a bus on a popular tourist promenade in east Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood on Sunday.

The incident is being treated as a potential terror attack, police said, adding that the driver accelerated as he struck the crowd. The police investigation is ongoing.

The four deceased, including three women and one man, were all in their 20s. The driver of the truck was shot dead at the scene. Palestinian media reports identified him as a man in his late 20s who lived in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of east Jerusalem. 

Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medical service said paramedics on scene were providing treatment to 13 wounded, including one severely injured, and the rest moderately or lightly injured.

The injured were transferred to areas hospitals.

Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said that it was treating five in the trauma ward, one in critical condition, three in moderated condition and one who is lightly inured.

The fire department said several people possibly remained trapped under the large Mercedes truck.

Reports of a second vehicular attack moments later in the nearby Har Homa area of Jerusalem were ruled out by authorities.

"The world is receiving a clear answer to their peace conference from the Palestinians," Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said after the attack. "The international community must demand an end to terror."

Culture Minister Miri Regev also responded to the suspected attack, which occurred during a period of relative calm in the city.

"For the renewal of Islamic terror there is no difference between a resident of east Jerusalem, Ramallah or Tehran," she said.

This is a developing story.

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Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medical service said paramedics on scene were providing treatment to 13 wounded, including one severely injured, and the rest moderately or lightly injured.

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The injured were transferred to areas hospitals.

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Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said that it was treating five in the trauma ward, one in critical condition, three in moderated condition and one who is lightly inured.

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The fire department said several people possibly remained trapped under the large Mercedes truck.

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Reports of a second vehicular attack moments later in the nearby Har Homa area of Jerusalem were ruled out by authorities.

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\"The world is receiving a clear answer to their peace conference from the Palestinians,\" Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said after the attack. \"The international community must demand an end to terror.\"

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Culture Minister Miri Regev also responded to the suspected attack, which occurred during a period of relative calm in the city.

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\"For the renewal of Islamic terror there is no difference between a resident of east Jerusalem, Ramallah or Tehran,\" she said.

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This is a developing story.

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Top Israeli Defense Forces officials on Tuesday said the military has prevented a massive-scale attack by planned by Hamas on Israeli territory that would have seen some 200 Palestinian militants infiltrate through underground tunnels to kill and kidnap Israeli citizens.

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Israeli forces demolished a large network of clandestine tunnels leading into Israel from the coastal enclave during the 50 day-long bout of fighting with Gaza militants which killed more than 2,140 Palestinians and 73 on the Israeli side.

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“Hamas had a plan,” the army's foreign media spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, was quoted by Vanity Fair as saying. “A simultaneous, coordinated, surprise attack within Israel. They planned to send 200 terrorists armed to the teeth toward civilian populations. This was going to be a coordinated attack.

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\"The concept of operations involved 14 offensive tunnels into Israel. With at least 10 men in each tunnel, they would infiltrate and inflict mass casualties.”

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During the summer's Operation Protective Edge, Israeli media of an attack was planned to coincide with the Rosh Hashanah in September 2014; however an unnamed IDF senior official told Vanity Fair the plan never come to be realized as the kidnapping and murder of three Jewish teenagers in June by a Hamas cell in the West Bank set off the chain of violent events that led to the Israeli ground incursion into the enclave.

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The official told the US magazine the attack was aimed to inflict the greatest possible human toll, to \"pull off something they could show on television,\" and to grab hostages which can later be used as bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian prisoners.

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In an interview with the same magazine also published Tuesday, Hamas leader Khaled Mashal denied his organization was planning the mass attack.

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He insisted that the tunnels leading into Israeli territory \"may have been outwardly called 'offensive tunnels,' but in actual fact they are ‘defensive’ ones.'\"  

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Asked by the interviewer why the majority of the tunnels lead to civilian communities, Mashaal said “Yes, true. There are Israeli towns adjacent to Gaza. Have any of the tunnels been used to kill any civilian or any of the residents of such towns? No. Never! . . . [Hamas] used them either to strike beyond the back lines of the Israeli army or to raid some military sites . . . This proves that Hamas is only defending itself.”

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On Sunday an unnamed Hamas military wing chief was quoted by Israeli press as saying the group has resumed the construction of underground tunnels leading into Israeli territory.

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Since the end of Operation Protective Edge on August 26 with an open-ended truce agreement the militant group has claimed that the terrorist group still has access to Israel via its tunnel network, and that there will be \"no security\" in Israel as long as there is none in Gaza.

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However in the interview on Sunday with the terror group's mouthpiece the Al Risala, the military chief said that his men are busy reconstructing the tunnels, adding that \"we have no time to lose. We have plenty of work ahead of us, which necessitates great human resources.\"

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During his tour of Israel and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon entered an underground tunnel dug by Hamas, saying he \"condemned time and time again Hamas' rocket attacks and their use of tunnels. It is not acceptable. Nobody should live in constant fear and under the threat of rockets and tunnels.\"

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Some 200 people gathered in front of the British Parliament building in London Sunday in protest to the government’s vote in favor of the recent United Nations Security Council resolution which condemns Israeli settlements.

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UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which states that Israeli settlements have \"no legal validity\" and are \"dangerously imperiling the viability of the two-state solution\", was passed by a 14-0 vote after a rare and momentous abstention by the United States.

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The demonstration was organized by the Zionist Federation of the UK to “stand against UK endorsement of UN bias.”

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Retired Army Colonel Richard Kemp and Jonathan Arkush, head of board of deputies of British Jews, as well as other notable names from the UK Jewish community joined the demonstrators standing in solidarity with Israel.

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“The Jewish community is feeling rattled,” Mandy Blumenthal told i24news after the rally. “Theresa May always says she is a friend of Israel and the Jewish people but if you treat your friends like this by stabbing them in the back voting for the resolution it gives the word 'friend' a new definition.”

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\"The government will hear about the demo. They will hear that the Jewish community is angry about the vote. I think it will very importantly make them think about which way they vote at the next ( because there will be another) hate resolution at the UN,\" Blumenthal further added. 

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\"I always go to these events, I believe it's so important to stand up for Israel. Even when you live outside of Israel we are so lucky to have Israel and it's very important to make our voices heard.\"

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The passing of the resolution drew a swift and fierce response from Israel, which proceeded to temporarily scale back working ties with the countries that voted for the measure, and pared down its annual contribution to the United Nations by six million dollars.

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