Jerusalem: 14 soldiers wounded, one in critical condition in car-ramming attack

Near East

06 February 2020, 13:27


At least 14 Israeli soldiers were wounded, one in critical condition, in a suspected terrorist car-ramming attack in Jerusalem that took place Wednesday overnight, Hebrew media reported.

Israel police launched a manhunt for the assailing driver who managed to flee the scene.

The attack took place little before 2 am (local Israeli time) at Jerusalem’s First Station, an historic rail stop that now hosts bars, shops and restaurants, police spokesman Micky Rosenfled said.

“Police are searching for the vehicle,” he added. “The incident is being investigated as a terror attack.”

Among the 14 victims, one was left in critical condition, another had moderate injuries, while 12 others were wounded lightly, Israel’s Magen David emergency medical service said on Twitter. 

The United Hatzalah medical emergency volunteers said in a statement that due to the nature of the incident, some at the scene “were suffering from emotional or psychological shock.”

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson said the troops were of the Golani Brigade, who were at the First Station during a “heritage tour” ahead of an early morning swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall.

There was no immediate indication as to the motivation of the possible attack, but Palestinians have carried out sporadic car-rammings on Israeli targets. 

The incident also comes amid heightened tension between Israel and the Palestinians following the release of US President Donald Trump’s controversial Middle East Plan. 

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