SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 23 April 2024, Tuesday |

Palestinian driver ploughs into bus stop killing two Israelis

Israeli emergency services reported that a Palestinian motorist crashed his car into a crowd of people at a bus stop on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Friday, killing two Israelis, including a toddler, and injuring several more.

The driver, who was shot by police at the site, was declared dead, according to a police spokesman. He was recognized by an Israeli security official as Hussain Qraqaa, age 31, of Issawia, East Jerusalem.

Israeli emergency services reported that a Palestinian motorist crashed his car into a crowd of people at a bus stop on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Friday, killing two Israelis, including a toddler, and injuring several more.

The driver, who was shot by police at the site, was declared dead, according to a police spokesman. He was recognized by an Israeli security official as Hussain Qraqaa, age 31, of Issawia, East Jerusalem.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said he ordered the seizure of millions of shekels worth of funds paid by the Palestinian Authority to 87 former and serving East Jerusalem Palestinian security prisoners and their families.

The ramming occurred during a period of rising anxiety in Israel over security following an attack in which a lone Palestinian gunman killed seven people outside a synagogue last month.

Israeli forces have carried out hundreds of arrests over recent months during near-daily raids in the occupied West Bank that have seen bloody gunbattles with Palestinian militants.

At least 42 Palestinians, including gunmen and civilians, have been killed this year.

A spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip, praised Friday’s attack as a “heroic operation” but did not claim responsibility.

As well as a six-year-old boy, a 20-year-old man was also killed. The six-year-old’s brother was critically injured in the incident, Channel 12 News said.

In Ramot, a district of Jerusalem that Israel annexed following the 1967 Middle Eastern conflict in a move that was not recognized internationally, a blue car was seen on video footage colliding with a pole in front of the bus stop.

When Ben-Gvir arrived at the scene, he was besieged by irate people who were yelling, “Death to terrorists!”

Police reported that ten members of the attacker’s family had been detained. Footage showed police escorting six handcuffed individuals out of a house while wearing riot gear.

In an effort to stop an escalation, the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs denounced the incident and stated that it was coordinating with both sides.

    Source:
  • Reuters