14 injured in Jerusalem car ramming - police say investigating 'terror attack'

IDF says troops arrested Jerusalem car-ramming terrorist

JERUSALEM: A car ramming at a popular night spot in central Jerusalem that injured 14 people on Thursday is being investigated as a “terror attack,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

“Police responded to an incident when a vehicle stuck a number of people and fled the scene. The incident took place at 1:45... Police units and medics arrived at the scene and are searching for the vehicle. The incident is being investigated as a terror attack,” Rosenfeld said in a statement.

Israel’s Magen David emergency medical service said it had “treated and evacuated” 14 people to hospitals following the incident at Jerusalem’s First Station, an area that includes several bars and restaurants.

A military spokesperson told AFP that the army was aware of a possible attack perpetrated by someone driving a vehicle in the area and would have more information later on Thursday. AFP

JP reported that the injured are members of the Israeli forces and the number of the injured offficers are fifteen in a suspected car ramming attack near Jerusalem's First Station, citing Channel 13 reports on Thursday, adding that security forces found the suspect's vehicle in a driveway in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem.

One person was critically injured and one was moderately injured. Two of the people injured in the attack were evacuated in an IDF ambulance. Magen David Adom (MDA) reported 12 lightly injured.

Five of those injured were sent to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, according to a statement from the center’s spokesperson Yosi Gutman. One was in severe condition and suffered from multisystem trauma and was sent to the operating room after undergoing diagnostic procedures, the medical center reported.

The soldiers were reportedly on a tour of Jerusalem when they were attacked, Channel 13 reported. It is believed that the attacker saw the group and deliberately swerved into them before fleeing the scene.

Two lightly injured people were sent to Hadassah Hospital in Mt. Scopus, but were sent to the emergency room, according to the hospital’s spokesperson Hadar Elboim. Additionally, five people are being treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem, all of whom are reportedly in light condition.

"Together with other EMS personnel, I treated one young man who was in serious condition after he suffered a full-system-trauma. I also treated two other young people who sustained moderate injuries,” United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Aharon Pomp, one of the first responders at the scene, said in a press release. 

“Due to the nature of the incident, United Hatzalah's Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit were dispatched to the scene and treated eight people who were suffering from emotional or psychological shock," Pomp continued.

IDF says troops arrested Jerusalem car-ramming terrorist

Israeli security forces arrest the suspected terrorist who is believed to have carried out the car-ramming attack Thursady morning in Jerusalem in which 12 IDF soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, the army says.

The suspect who has been arrested is a resident of East Jerusalem without previous security-related offenses, the Shin Bet security agency says.

The 25-year-old man lives in the A-Tur neighborhood, it adds.

The suspect was arrested at the Gush Etzion Junction in the central West Bank, the police said. He has been handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning, the military said.

“Following an extensive operational and intelligence effort, the IDF, working with the Shin Bet, the Israel Police’s special police unit and other special forces, has arrested the terrorist who carried out the ramming attack in the predawn hours of this morning in Jerusalem,” the IDF says in a statement.

— Judah Ari Gross

(AFP / JP / TOI)

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