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Seventeen soldiers injured after Arab terrorist rams vehicle into group in Jerusalem

September 22, 2008

Seventeen Soldiers Hurt in Arab Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

22 Elul 5768, 22 September 08 11:10by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

( An Arab terrorist from eastern Jerusalem ran over a group of soldiers shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night at Kichar Tzahal (IDF Square) near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. The terrorist was shot and killed by an IDF officer in the group.

All of the victims apparently suffered light and moderate injuries, and hospital officials negated earlier reports that two people were seriously injured. Doctors report that the victims were soldiers who had gone to the Old City to participate in the selichot prayers traditionally recited before Rosh Hashanah.

The terrorist was driving a private vehicle when he attacked opposite Jaffa Gate.

Two earlier terrorist attacks this year involved a tractor and bulldozer, killing three Israelis and injuring scores of others. Both of the terrorists were Israeli Arabs from eastern Jerusalem who were working in the city.

Ten of the wounded were evacuated to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, and all of them are conscious and in good condition.

Seven other victims suffered light injuries and were rushed to Shaarei Tzedek.




'J'lem terrorist was a Hamas member'

Sep. 22, 2008
Etgar lefkovits and staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

The terrorist who rammed his BMW into a group of soldiers at a central Jerusalem thoroughfare late Monday was a member of Hamas, according to the Palestinian Ma'an news agency.

Qassem Mughrabi, 19, from east Jerusalem's Jebl Mukaber, the same village that was home to the Mercaz Harav terrorist who killed eight students in March, wounded fifteen people before being shot dead by an off-duty IDF officer.

The assailant had no previous security record, police said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old had wanted to marry his cousin, and when she refused his offer, he decided to carry out a terror attack, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

The attack took place at the city's Kikar Tzahal near Jaffa Gate, and was the third such attack in the city in as many months.

According to Army Radio, nine wounded from the attack were still being treated on Tuesday.

Jerusalem police chief Aharon Franco said Monday night that the attacker was shot dead "within seconds" by an off-duty IDF officer who was touring the city with his unit. He added that there was no intelligence information ahead of the attack, but noted that Jerusalem was under heavy security alert due to Ramadan.

Half an hour after the attack, dozens of angry haredi residents chased two Arab locals who happened to be in the area.

Many chanted racist slogans such as "Death to the Arabs" and tried to walk toward the Arab neighborhoods of east Jerusalem. Police on horseback dispersed the haredim, ensuring that the violence did not escalate.

The attack came after two back-to-back bulldozer attacks in Jerusalem in July which left three Israelis dead and dozens wounded.

Haim, an American yeshiva student, told The Jerusalem Post he came across the attack as it happened.

Haim said he was walking near the Old City and heard gun shots, there was chaos and he saw wounded people on the ground who seemed to be "in pretty bad shape." The young man told the Post that as he was running away, he saw soldiers running toward the scene loading their rifles.


Hamas, Islamic Jihad call J'lem terror attack a 'natural reaction'

Sep. 23, 2008 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised Monday night's terror attack in Jerusalem which wounded fifteen Israelis, Israel Radio reported Tuesday morning.

An Islamic Jihad statement called the attack, during which an east Jerusalem Arab rammed his BMW into a crowd of IDF soldiers, tourists and citizens near the Old City's Jaffa Gate "a natural response to the criminal occupation."

A Hamas statement echoed the terrorist organization's sentiments, calling it "a natural response to the continued Zionist attacks on the Palestinian nation, to settling and Judaization."

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri added that "the deed proves that the Palestinian nation can find new ways to fight the occupation."

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