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Another Palestinian Dead After Clashes With Israeli Forces

December 23, 2017

 

Above, Palestinian protesters carry a wounded comrade during clashes with Israeli soldiers near the border fence east of Gaza City on Friday, December 22. (AFP)

GAZA CITY: A Palestinian died on Saturday after being wounded by Israeli fire during a protest on the Gaza border against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Health Ministry said.

Sharaf Shalash, 28, sustained bullet wounds last Sunday during a demonstration east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said.

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His death brings to 11 the number of Palestinians killed since US President Donald Trump announced on Dec. 6 that he would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
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Nine protesters have died in clashes with Israeli troops, two of them on Friday. Two others were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza earlier in the month.
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Shalash and the two Palestinians killed on Friday were buried on Saturday, in Gaza City, Beit Hanun and Jabalia.
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After the Shalash funeral in Jabalia, Palestinians went to the border with Israel where they threw stones at soldiers, who responded with tear gas and live bullets.
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One Palestinian was wounded, Qudra said.
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A UN General Assembly resolution passed on Thursday, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 Jerusalem declaration, did little to calm Palestinian anger over his reversal of decades-old US policy on the contested holy city.
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Most countries regard the status of Jerusalem as a matter to be settled in an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, although that process is now stalled.
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A total of 128 countries voted for the UN resolution. Nine opposed it and 35 abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a Christmas message, called the US move “an insult to millions of people worldwide, and also to the city of Jerusalem.”
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Abbas also said Palestinians would reject new Middle East peace proposals to be unveiled by US President Donald Trump early next year.
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“The United States has proved to be a dishonest mediator in the peace process and we will no longer accept any plan from it,” he told a joint press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Macron repeated his earlier condemnation of the US decision, but he also ruled out recognizing Palestine as a state, which France has considered before.
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“The Americans have marginalized themselves and I am trying to not do the same thing,” Macron said.
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Abbas praised Macron at the news conference, which was notable for the warmth of the exchanges and the relaxed body language.
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Macron said he had “committed myself very clearly to doing everything” to further the peace process and would visit the Palestinian territories in 2018 and “intensify” contacts between the French and Palestinian governments.
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The US decision on Jerusalem continues to reverberate in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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Fresh Palestinian protests against Trump Jerusalem decision

December 15, 2017

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© AFP / by Joe Dyke | Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem’s Old City

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Thousands of Palestinians took part in fresh protests Friday against Washington’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but a week on there is no sign of a threatened new intifada.US President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of American policy and move his embassy to Jerusalem has stirred international condemnation, as well as protests across the Palestinian territories and Arab world.

Four Palestinians have been killed, with more than 1000 wounded, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Protesters have burned American and Israeli flags and trampled on pictures of Trump. But concerns that the decision would lead to a major wave of bloodshed have as yet not materialised.

Protests broke out across the Palestinian territories for the second Friday in a row after the end of weekly Muslim prayers, often a catalyst for clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.

In Gaza, the strip’s Islamist rulers Hamas had called for another ‘day of rage’ against the decision, with tens of thousands taking to the streets.

Clashes were expected along the border with Israel later Friday.

In the occupied West Bank, a few thousand people gathered in the southern city of Hebron, as well as Nablus in the north, with clashes near the Al-Arroub camp, south of Bethlehem.

In Jerusalem itself, around 30,000 people prayed at the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims, the Islamic organisation that administers the site said.

The vast majority left without incident, but small scuffles broke out in Jerusalem’s Old City.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most controversial issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel seized control of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Middle East war and sees the whole of Jerusalem as its undivided capital, while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

For decades global powers have avoided taking an opinion, keeping their embassies in Tel Aviv instead.

Trump declared, however, that he would move the embassy and recognised the city as Israel’s capital.

Amid condemnation from much of the international community, the Palestinians have announced they will no longer view the Americans as mediator in negotiations with the Israelis.

A poll conducted after Trump’s announcement by the respected Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found 45 percent of Palestinians supported a violent popular uprising, up from 35 percent three months prior.

Khalil Shikaki, the center’s director, said the “only possible explanation” for the increase was Trump’s decision.

He said, however, the effectiveness of the Israeli forces and the Palestinian security forces’ ongoing security cooperation with them had ensured the protests in the West Bank remained relatively minor in scale.

While angered by Trump’s declaration, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has not instructed his party Fatah or security forces to cut ties with Israel.

“Hamas is too weak in the West Bank to carry out any serious attacks (and) Fatah does not want to engage in violence,” Shikaki said.

“This is not likely to change any time soon.”

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Ismail Haniya with Iran’s Supreme Leader

“We ask churches, the Pope and our Christian brothers to devote their Sunday prayers to Jerusalem,” he added.

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Ismail Haniya

In Gaza, hermetically sealed off by Israel and Egypt, at least 12 rockets or mortars have been fired from the territory since Trump’s announcement, with Israel hitting at least 10 sites in reply.

But the response has been relatively muted compared to some of the warnings, said Ofer Zalzberg, Israel-based analyst with the International Crisis Group think-tank.

He said the lack of serious blowback to Trump’s announcement had encouraged right wingers in Israel’s government to question whether “maybe other things that people said were impossible are not”.

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Israel Vows To Destroy Iranian Positions Within 40 KM of Syrian Border

November 26, 2017
BY SHOSHANA KRANISH
 NOVEMBER 26, 2017 09:39

Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly offered Netanyahu a comprehensive deal that would include a demilitarized zone stretching 40 kilometers from the border.

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks overlooking the border between Israel and Syria

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks overlooking the border between Israel and Syria. (photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN / REUTERS)

Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida revealed on Sunday that an Israeli source disclosed a promise from Jerusalem to destroy all Iranian facilities within 40 kilometers (25 miles) of Israel’s Golan Heights.

The source, who remains unnamed, said that during Syrian President Bashar Assad’s surprise visit to Russia last week, Assad gave Russian Premier Vladimir Putin a message for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Damascus will agree to a demilitarized zone of up to 40 kilometers from the border in the Golan Heights as part of a comprehensive agreement between the two countries, but only if Israel does not work to remove Assad’s regime from power.

The report also claims that Putin then called Netanyahu to relay the message, and that the Israeli prime minister said he would be willing to accept the deal, but that Israel’s goal of eradicating Iran and Hezbollah from the country would remain.

According to the source, Jerusalem sees Assad as the last president of the Alawite community, indicating that a change of regime in Syria – at least towards a government less-linked to Iran – would be favorable for Israel. The Alawites are a minority Shi’ite community in Syria, and have long been supported by Iran, which seeks to extend its influence from the Gulf across the region to the Mediterranean.

The source also commented that after the defeat of the Islamic State, the conflict in Syria would become ”more difficult,” likely pointing towards a vacuum that would be left without the group. Russian, Syrian and Iranian-backed forces have been fighting against ISIS, while also seeking to knock out rebel groups that oppose the current regime. Russia’s stated interests have been in line with Iran’s in wanting to keep Assad in power.

Israel has participated mostly on the periphery of the war in Syria, responding to fire on the northern border and occasionally bombing positions, including a weapons depot and scientific research center that allegedly produces chemical weapons. Damascus and Jerusalem have exchanged heated remarks as well, with Netanyahu threatening to bomb Assad’s palace, and Syrian officials warning of ‘‘dangerous repercussions” to Israeli strikes on Syrian targets.

Over the course of the war, Israel has operated several field hospitals near the Syrian border, where those injured from the war are treated and subsequently returned to Syria. Some of those who have been treated have been rebels fighting against the Assad regime, leading some to say that Israel is assisting the rebels to unseat Assad.

Yasser Okbi contributed to this report. 

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Palestinian shot while trying to stab troops in West Bank: Israel

October 18, 2017

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© AFP/File | Israeli soldiers take aim during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Tuqua, south-east of Bethlehem on August 5, 2017

JERUSALEM (AFP) – A Palestinian ran towards Israeli troops while brandishing a knife in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and soldiers shot and wounded him, the military said.”An assailant armed with a knife ran towards troops adjacent to the Gush Etzion junction,” an army statement said.

“In response to the immediate threat, soldiers fired shots towards the suspect. Subsequently, the suspect was injured and taken to hospital for medical treatment,” it said.

A military spokeswoman told AFP that the attacker was a Palestinian and that no soldiers were injured.

Israeli media said the man was moderately to seriously wounded.

The Gush Etzion junction is a busy intersection near a large bloc of Israeli settlements in the southern West Bank and the scene of repeated attacks.

A wave of unrest that erupted in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 295 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 51 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.

The last fatal incident was the October 4 stabbing of Israeli settler Reuven Schmerling, 70, in what the Shin Bet security service said was “a terrorist attack”.

Two Palestinians from Qabatiya in the northern West Bank were arrested as suspects.

The violence, however, has largely subsided in recent months.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Dispute Over Holy Land’s Most Contested Shrine Leads To 6 Deaths So Far — Abbas announces that he is freezing ties with Israel

July 22, 2017

JERUSALEM — Three Palestinians were killed in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis died in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement as tensions turned into violence over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine.

A Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank after nightfall on Friday and stabbed to death three Israelis, the military said.

The attacker apparently jumped over the fence and infiltrated the family’s home, surprising them as they ate the traditional Sabbath evening meal. It said the Palestinian killed a man and two of his children, while a woman was wounded and taken to a hospital. The man’s grandchildren were present but not harmed, it said.

The army released footage showing a blood-covered kitchen floor. It said senior military officials were meeting overnight to discuss how to proceed.

A military spokesman called the Palestinian attack “a massacre.”

Israel TV’s Channel 10 said the assailant was in his late teens and had posted on Facebook that he was upset by the events at the Jerusalem shrine. Eli Bin, the head of Israel’s rescue service MDA, said an off-duty soldier next door heard screams, rushed to the home and shot the attacker through a window. Bin said the wounded attacker was taken to a hospital.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, meanwhile, announced that he is freezing ties with Israel, dealing a blow to fledgling Trump administration efforts to try to renew long-dormant peace talks.

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Abbas said contacts with Israel would be suspended on “all levels.” It was not immediately clear if this means long-standing security coordination between Israeli troops and Abbas’ forces will be halted.

At issue in the current round of violence are metal detectors Israel installed at the Jerusalem shrine this week in response to an attack by Arab gunmen there.

Palestinians stand in front of Israeli police officers at Temple Mount.

Palestinians stand in front of Israeli police officers and newly installed metal detectors at an entrance to the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City July 16, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

The metal detectors are perceived by the Palestinians as an encroachment on Muslim rights and portrayed by Israel as a needed security measure following the attack that killed two Israeli policemen.

Earlier Friday, several thousand Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank clashed with Israeli troops, burning tires or throwing stones and firecrackers. Troops fired live rounds, rubber bullets and tear gas. Three Palestinians were killed and several dozen hospitalized with live or rubber bullet injuries.

White clouds of tear gas rose from Jerusalem streets and West Bank flashpoints. In one neighborhood, Palestinians threw stones from behind a mattress used as a shield.

Israel also faced growing criticism from the Muslim world, and thousands staged anti-Israel protests after Friday prayers in Jordan and Yemen. Turkey and Egypt also condemned the violence.

The confrontations could escalate in coming days as both sides dig in.

Israel said the metal detectors would remain in place. Lawmaker Tzachi Hanegbi, a confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel would not surrender to what he said was “violence and incitement” by those “attempting to drag us into a religious war.”

Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric, Mohammed Hussein, said protests, including mass street prayers outside the shrine, would continue until the devices are removed. He told worshippers Friday that they should prepare for a “long test of wills” with Israel.

“We will not back off,” he said.

The shrine, revered by Muslims and Jews, sits at the emotional epicenter of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, symbolizing the rival religious and national narratives of the two sides.

Disputes over the 37-acre (15-hectare) walled hilltop platform in Jerusalem’s Old City have repeatedly triggered major confrontations in the past.

Muslim leaders have portrayed the metal detectors as part of a purported Israeli campaign to expand its control over the shrine — a claim Israel denies. Muslim clerics urged worshippers to pray in the streets near the shrine, rather than submit to the new security procedures.

The faithful complied. Thousands flocked to the Old City each day this week for street prayers, kneeling on mats spread on cobblestone and asphalt.

On Friday, the highlight of the Muslim religious week, Israeli police severely restricted Muslim access to the Old City to prevent mass protests.

Some 3,000 officers were deployed at checkpoints in and around the city, turning away Muslim men under the age of 50, including those trying to reach the city from Israel and the West Bank.

In the end, only a fraction of the typical Friday turnout of tens of thousands of worshippers reached the Old City.

After peaceful prayers, clashes erupted in several areas of Jerusalem and across the West Bank.

Palestinian health officials said three Palestinians were killed by live fire in different areas of Jerusalem.

The Red Crescent said 390 Palestinians were hurt, including close to 100 who were hospitalized for live fire or rubber bullet injuries. Israeli police said five officers were wounded.

The perceived threat to the shrine, home to the Al Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, has galvanized Palestinians — especially those in east Jerusalem which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and quickly annexed.

Since 1967, Israel has increasingly cut off east Jerusalem from its West Bank hinterland, leaving the city’s Arab residents without political leadership.

Muslim clerics stepped into the void this week, taking the lead in prayer protests.

Under the post-1967 arrangements, Muslims administer the compound. Jews can visit, but not pray there. For decades, the status quo held, in part because leading rabbis, citing religious purity laws, banned Jews from entering.

In recent years, religious opinion has shifted, and growing numbers of Jews are visiting the compound. This shift has stoked Muslim fears that Israel may try to expand Jewish control there. Israel has reiterated that it has no intention to change the status quo.

Fakhri Abu Diab, a 55-year-old worshipper, said he feels Muslims must stand their ground.

“If we let them, they (Israelis) will take over the mosque completely,” he said, standing near the Old City. “If we resist them, they will stop.”

The compound is the third holiest site of Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. It is also Judaism’s holiest site, once home to biblical Temples.

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The Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem.(Hadas Parush/Flash90)

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Laub reported from the West Bank. Associated Press writer Ian Deitch in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

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Palestinian shot dead by Israeli army in Jenin clashes — “Palestinian gunmen opened fire and hurled explosive devices.”

July 12, 2017

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© AFP/File | Israeli soldiers fire tear gas canisters towards Palestinian protestors during clashes near the West Bank city of Jenin

JENIN (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) (AFP) – A Palestinian man was shot dead during clashes with the Israeli army in the northern West Bank Jenin refugee camp early Wednesday, Palestinian medical and security sources said.Two other Palestinians were also wounded in the incident, one of them seriously, the sources said.

The Israeli army said that soldiers shot toward “attackers” after “Palestinian gunmen opened fire at the forces and assailants hurled explosive devices at the forces” operating in the camp.

A wave of unrest that broke out in October 2015 has claimed the lives of 276 Palestinians, 42 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.

Israeli authorities say most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Others were shot dead in protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The violence has greatly subsided in recent months.

Israel: Benjamin Netanyahu claims ‘IS supporter’ carried out deadly truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers

January 8, 2017

It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months and targeted officer cadets who were disembarking from a bus

Sunday, January 8, 2017

A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and injuring about 15 others in a deliberate attack, police and emergency services said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the driver was a supporter of Islamic State.

“We know the identity of the assailant, who according to all indications supported IS,” Netanyahu said, according to a statement from his office that provided no details on what led to the finding.

Police identified the driver as a Palestinian from Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem and said he was shot dead. A dozen bullet holes pock-marked the windscreen.

It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack
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It was the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in months and targeted officer cadets who were disembarking from a bus that brought them to the Armon Hanatziv promenade, a stone-laden and grass-lined walkway with a panoramic view of the walled Old City.

“It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack,” a police spokeswoman said.

Police said the dead, three women and one man, were all in their twenties, without identifying them further. Soldiers’ deaths are announced in Israel only after families are notified.

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Attack in Israel may have been motivated by a truck ramming attack in a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people last month

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.

“It is certainly possible to be influenced by watching TV but it is difficult to get into the head of every individual to determine what prompted him, but there is no doubt that these things do have an effect,” Alsheich told reporters.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks, including vehicle rammings, has largely slowed but not stopped completely since it began in October 2015.

Security camera footage showed the truck racing towards the soldiers, and then after a gap that apparently included scenes of carnage, reversing into them.

“In a split second I looked to my left and saw what I can only describe as a speeding truck which sent me flying,” a security guard, who was identified only as “A” told Channel 10.

“It was a miracle that my pistol stayed on me. I shot at a tyre but realised there was no point as he has many wheels, so I ran in front of the cabin and at an angle I shot at him and emptied my magazine. When I finished shooting, some of the officer cadets also took aim and also started firing.”

 Israeli security and rescue forces work at the scene of a truck ramming incident in Jerusalem. Photo: Reuters

The footage showed many of the soldiers fleeing the scene as the attack took place, their rifles slung on their shoulders. Questions were already being raised in the Israeli media why more did not engage the attacker.

Rescue workers said about 15 wounded people were strewn on the street at the promenade as ambulances raced to the scene. The Israeli military regularly takes soldiers on educational tours of Jerusalem, including the Armon Hanatziv vantage point.

Channel 10 television said the soldiers’ tour guide also fired at the assailant.

As a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem, which Israel considers part of its capital but the world does not, the truck driver would carry an Israeli identity card and be able to move freely through all of the city.

Palestinian street assaults over the past 15 months have killed at least 37 Israelis and two visiting Americans.

 An Israeli soldier is consoled as she cries at the site of a vehicle-ramming attack in Jerusalem. Photo: AFP

At least 231 Palestinians have been killed in violence in Israel, the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip during that period. Israel says at least 157 of them were assailants in lone attacks often targeting security forces and using rudimentary weapons including kitchen knives. Others died during clashes and protests. Israel says one of the main causes of the violence has been incitement by the Palestinian leadership, with young men encouraged to attack Israeli soldiers and civilians.

The Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited self-rule in the West Bank, denies that allegation, and says assailants have acted out of frustration over Israeli occupation of land Palestinians seek for a state in peace talks stalled since 2014.

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas in Gaza praised Sunday’s attack.

“We bless this heroic operation resisting the Israeli occupation to force it to stop its crimes and violations against our people,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said.

Jerusalem truck driver mows down Israeli soldiers to kill four and injure 15 in sickening “Mowed people down then reversed direction and ran over them again.”

January 8, 2017

  • Four Israelis soldiers have been killed in a suspected truck attack in Jerusalem
  • The victims had disembarked a bus when the truck driver veered into them 
  • At least 15 soldiers have been wounded with two of them in a critical condition
  • Israeli police confirmed the suspected terrorist had been ‘neutralised’    

Four Israelis soldiers were killed and 15 wounded after a Palestinian drove his truck over them before reversing, trapping ten people under his wheels.

According to Israeli police, the driver has been shot dead.

The group of solider were standing beside the bus on some grass when the truck bounced into the air onto the promenade and drove through the victims without warning.

Horrifying moment truck driver crashes into Jerusalem crowd
Israeli soldiers killed the suspected terrorist after firing at least 18 rounds into the cab

Israeli soldiers killed the suspected terrorist after firing at least 18 rounds into the cab

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The killer reversed his truck over the soldiers to ensure he killed as many as possible

The killer reversed his truck over the soldiers to ensure he killed as many as possible

This is the moment the truck, circled, approached the group of Israeli soldiers at speed

This is the moment the truck, circled, approached the group of Israeli soldiers at speed

The driver sped through the soldiers giving them no chance of escaping from his truck

Israeli police confirmed this morning's  incident was a deliberate terrorist attack 

Israeli police confirmed this morning’s  incident was a deliberate terrorist attack

Four people have been killed and at least 15 were wounded after a truck attack in Jerusalem

Four people have been killed and at least 15 were wounded after a truck attack in Jerusalem

The killer then stood on his brakes and reversed, trapping some ten of his victims under the truck.

Some of the surviving soldiers managed to jump clear and opened fire, riddling the cab of the truck killing the killer.

An instructor accompanying the soldiers said he killed the terrorist.

It is understood the soldiers fired at least 18 rounds at the terrorist, who is believed to be from an Arab area of east Jerusalem.

The soldiers were on a cultural sightseeing tour of the city when they were attacked.

Police said the incident is being classed as a terrorist attack.

Eyewitness Leah Schreiber said: ‘There was no sense in that reverse. He drove backward to crush more people. That was really clear.’

The Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat said 'those who incite terror must pay a heavy price' 

The Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat said ‘those who incite terror must pay a heavy price’

All of the victims of today's attack were believed to have been in their 20s

All of the victims of today’s attack were believed to have been in their 20s

Israeli authorities have launched an investigation but have already termed it a terror attack

Israeli authorities have launched an investigation but have already termed it a terror attack

The Palestinian Hamas movement is praised the attack, but did not take responsibility.

Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou called it a ‘heroic’ act and encouraged other Palestinians to do the same and ‘escalate the resistance.’

Qanou said Sunday’s attack proves the wave of Palestinian violence has not ended, despite a recent lull. He says ‘it may be quiet, it may linger, but it will never end.’

Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, is pledged to Israel’s destruction.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on residents to be wary but carry on with their everyday life.

‘Unfortunately, there is no limit to the cruelty of terrorists who spare no means in killing Jews and disrupting their way of life. Those who incite and support terror must pay a heavy price.’

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the truck veered off course Sunday and struck a group of soldiers who had just disembarked from a bus.

She said the attacker has been neutralised.

Israeli police confirmed the killer trucker has been 'neutralised' following the attack 

Israeli police confirmed the killer trucker has been ‘neutralised’ following the attack

Police in Jerusalem have described the incident as a 'possible terrorist attack' 

Police in Jerusalem have described the incident as a ‘possible terrorist attack’

Palestinian security officials in the West Bank city of Ramallah said he was a Palestinian from the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, close to the scene.

The bus driver said the victims had been on a cultural tour of the city.

Israel’s rescue service MDA says at least 15 soldiers have been wounded, including two critically.

Shocked witnesses comforted each other just yards from the scene where four people died 

Shocked witnesses comforted each other just yards from the scene where four people died

The soldiers were on a sightseeing visit to Jerusalem when the truck driver attacked 

The soldiers were on a sightseeing visit to Jerusalem when the truck driver attacked

Hamas praised today's murderous attack describing the dead terrorist as 'heroic' 

Hamas praised today’s murderous attack describing the dead terrorist as ‘heroic’

Since last year, Palestinian attackers have killed 36 Israelis and two visiting Americans in a series of mostly stabbing attacks. During that time, 229 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire. Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were attackers while the rest died in clashes.

Israel says the violence is driven by Palestinian incitement. Palestinians say it’s the result of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation.

The dead suspected terrorist is believed to be a Palestinian.

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A police spokeswoman said: ‘It is a terrorist attack, a ramming attack.’

Paramedic Chen Lendi Sharon was among the first to arrive on the scene and described 10 bodies trapped beneath the truck.

Israel’s police chief Roni Alsheich told reporters the attacker was from an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem and forces had no advance warning.

He refused to elaborate and a gag order was placed on further details pending an investigation.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the soldiers stepped off the bus at the promenade which has views over the old walled city.

Rosenfeld said the driver ‘ran his vehicle into them. At this moment of time we have ruled out an accident’.

The killer drove his truck at the victims and then reversed over them when he was shot dead

The killer drove his truck at the victims and then reversed over them when he was shot dead

The victims are all believed to have been soldiers according to Israeli police 

The victims are all believed to have been soldiers according to Israeli police

The truck, pictured, sped up and jumped up a small wall before landing on the soldiers 

The truck, pictured, sped up and jumped up a small wall before landing on the soldiers

Police said the dead, three women and one man, were all in their twenties.

An Israeli bus driver who witnessed the incident said on the radio the truck ploughed into a group of soldiers, and that they fired on the driver, who reversed direction and ran over them again.

‘They shot him, until they neutralised him,’ said the bus driver, who gave his name only as Moshe.

Some of the victims were believed to have been trapped under the truck after it came to a halt

The driver of the truck is understood to be Palestinian although he has not yet been named 

The driver of the truck is understood to be Palestinian although he has not yet been named

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The name of the suspected terrorist has not yet been released according to Israeli media 

The name of the suspected terrorist has not yet been released according to Israeli media

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The terrorist is believed to be a Palestinian who lived in an Arab area of east Jerusalem

The terrorist is believed to be a Palestinian who lived in an Arab area of east Jerusalem

Israeli TV stations said the driver was killed, and footage showed bullet holes in the truck’s windscreen.

Israeli television stations said at least four people were killed and that some 15 wounded were strewn on the street at the Armon Hanatziv promenade overlooking the walled Old City of Jerusalem.

Israel Radio reported the driver was a Palestinian but did not immediately give his name.

A wave of Palestinian street attacks, including vehicle rammings, has largely slowed but not stopped completely since it began in October 2015.

Since October 2015, 247 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed in a wave of violence, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some died in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

At least ten people were trapped underneath the truck in the aftermath of the attack 

The attack happened on the Armon Hanatiziv promenade overlooking the walled Old City 

Israeli officials confirmed that 15 soldiers have been wounded with two in a critical condition

Israeli officials confirmed that 15 soldiers have been wounded with two in a critical condition

There was a heavy security presence as rescuers recovered the bodies of victims 

There was a heavy security presence as rescuers recovered the bodies of victims

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Israeli army to discipline soldiers for “wrongful use of stun grenades against Palestinian people.”

August 18, 2016

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© AFP/File | An Israeli soldier throws a stun grenade towards Palestinian protesters during clashes near the Ofer Israeli military prison on April 10, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli army on Thursday jailed one soldier and sanctioned two others after they were filmed apparently dropping a stun grenade alongside a group of seated Palestinians.

A video posted online Tuesday showed an army jeep pulling up next to the men, sitting at the roadside and smoking a water pipe in the northern West Bank village of Kafr Laqif.

As the jeep pulls away a flash and smoke can be seen in the road and the men scatter, apparently unharmed.

An army statement on Thursday referred to an investigation launched into an “incident in Kafr Laqif” but did not give details.

“The investigation revealed that the platoon sergeant acted contrary to Israel Defence Forces standards,” it said.

“The platoon sergeant and two additional soldiers present in the vehicle were sentenced in disciplinary proceedings by the battalion commander. The platoon sergeant was sentenced to military jail.”

It did not elaborate but the website of Israeli daily Haaretz reported that the sergeant was jailed for 10 days and the other two soldiers were confined to their base for seven days.

Stun grenades, also known as “flashbangs”, produce a very loud bang and a flash of intense light, designed to temporarily incapacitate subjects without physical harm.

They can, however, cause injury if used improperly.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Condemns “Extremist Terror Organisations with an Islamist Ideology” — “We are in a global battle.” — Says Israel Will Respond To Attacks With An “Iron Fist”

July 19, 2016

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© AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, in Jerusalem on July 19, 2016

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that Israel would respond with an “iron fist” if attacked, in a speech marking 10 years since a devastating conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Netanyahu described the war as “a clash between an extremist terror organisation with an Islamist ideology and a free democratic Israel”.

“We are in a global battle. We are aware of the nature of the threats we face, and are preparing for any scenario,” he said at a ceremony at the Mount Herzl military cemetery.

“If the quiet is kept, those facing us will enjoy quiet. But if the need arises, we will respond to aggression — and the response will be powerful. Whoever thinks they will find ‘spider webs’ here will get… an iron fist.”

The Israeli premier was alluding to a 2000 speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, in which he called the Jewish state “feebler than a spider’s web”.

The 2006 conflict erupted when Israel retaliated for a cross-border raid in which Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed three, and quickly spiralled into a fully fledged war.

Hezbollah fired thousands of rockets into northern Israel, which carried out devastating strikes across Lebanon.

Many people in Israel considered the massive ground and air war on Lebanon to be a failure because it did not halt Hezbollah rocket fire or recover the two captured soldiers.

It lasted 34 days and led to the deaths of 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting July 17, 2016. AP photo by Abir Sultan