Car ramming people at a Jerusalem bus stop, 2 dead including children. Photo/CNN
JERUSALEM – A car hit several people at a bus stop in the city of Jerusalem on Friday local time, killing a man and a small child. Police Israel described the incident as a “terror attack.”
Police spokesman Dean Elsdunne said the six-year-old child died at the scene. Shaare Zedek hospital later said a man in his twenties had died of his injuries from the incident.
“Five other people were injured in the incident, including two other children, one of whom is in critical condition,” emergency response group Magen David Adom (MDA) said as quoted by CNN, Saturday (11/2/2023).
The incident took place at a bus stop at the Ramot crossing in an area Israel considers to be a neighborhood of north Jerusalem.
It is on land that Israel captured from Jordan in 1967 and later annexed, so Palestinians and many international observers regard it as a settlement on occupied land.
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According to police, the suspect, who was “incapacitated” at the scene, was identified as Hussein Qaraqe, 31, from east Jerusalem.
Local journalists in the area reported that Israeli police had arrested Qaraqe’s wife, father and brother. Police shared a video of what they said was the arrest.
According to the suspect’s uncle, Adnan Qaraqe, Hussein had just been discharged from a hospital in Tel Aviv the night before the incident. He was hospitalized for a month with a back injury.
“He was in a car accident a while ago and badly injured his back which led to more than five surgeries on his spine. He underwent very heavy medication and painkillers which affected his nervous system,” said Adnan.
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