Many feared dead as truck rams into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem

Many feared dead as truck rams into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem

Four Israeli officer cadets were killed and a dozen wounded when a Palestinian driving a truck ploughed into them deliberately.

The report noted that four Israeli soldiers were killed during operations carried out by Palestinian resistance fighters, two were killed in air accidents, seven in road crashes, five in different incidents, six died of grave illness and 15 others committed suicide.

"They shot him, until they neutralised him", a bus driver, who gave his name only as Moshe, told Reuters. Pictures from the scene showed the truck's windscreen pockmarked with several bullet holes.

A truck crashed into a group of soldiers in eastern Jerusalem Jan. 8, killing four and injuring at least 15, in what is suspected to be a terror attack. According to the Israeli authorities, most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday the Palestinian truck driver was likely a supporter of Islamic State.

The driver of the truck was killed by shots fired during the attack.

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The incident occurred at a location overlooking the Old City, where the soldiers were reportedly on a historical tour of Jerusalem. Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 40 Israelis and two USA citizens in a series of stabbings, shootings and truck rammings.

Sunday's attack marks the first Israeli deaths in three months.

The attack matched the deadliest in a more than yearlong wave of Palestinian shooting, stabbing and vehicular attacks against Israelis that had slowed of late.

The militant Palestinian Hamas movement applauded the attack in an e-mailed statement without taking responsibility for it. "Israel won't break our people's determination to carry on the resistance", said Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the US and European Union. The Palestinian leadership has blamed frustration rooted in decades of Israeli occupation.

Israeli police are treating it as a deliberate attack.