A car-ramming attack took place in Jerusalem on early Thursday morning. Soldiers from the IDF’s Golani Unit were walking near an outdoor foodcourt in Jerusalem known as the ‘First Station’ when a suspected terrorist rammed his vehicle into the group injuring 12 soldiers and leaving one in serious condition. Fourteen people in total were injured from the attack with twelve of them being soldiers according to reports.
Below is footage from the scene of the attack.
The terrorist has been identified as 24-year-old Saled Hamed Turman fled the scene. His vehicle was later discovered but the Turman himself still remains at large.
The IDF found the car of the trashperson who ran over soldiers in Jerusalem last night. https://t.co/Bc8bpiEwnv
— Malkah Fleisher (@MalkahFleisher) February 6, 2020
Turman’s vehicle was recovered in the Bet Jallah suburb of Bethlehem.
— ~Legacy~ נפתלי בן מתתיהו (@Immort4l_Legacy) February 6, 2020
Bet Jallah which overlooks the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jerusalem, was known as a sniper’s nest for terrorists during the Second Intifada from 2000-2005.
Jerusalem Police have released a statement saying that “a large force of officers were carrying out searches.”
The soldiers, who belong to the IDF’s ‘Golani’ Batallion, were reportedly on their way to a tour before commencing a ceremony of oath to protect Israel at the Western Wall.
Magen David Adom paramedic Oz Pollack who arrived on the scene said that “when we arrived at the scene, it was chaotic. According to the medics, one of the wounded “was in a serious condition, unconscious and suffering major trauma.”
Following the incident, the Golani Brigade carried on with their ‘oath ceremony’ as scheduled. However, witnesses told Yisrael Hayom that the usually celebratory atmosphere of these types of ceremonies was marred by the tragic events that took place just a few hours earlier.
מח”ט גולני אל”מ שי קלפר ומפקדי החטיבה לא נתנו לפיגוע הקשה הלילה לעצור את מסע ההשבעה לכותל. הטירונים המשיכו בצעידה הקרבית לעיר העתיקה אחרי שחבריהם פונו לבתי החולים.
לפני הפיגוע הם עוד הספיקו לשמוע מלוחמי עבר על הקרבות לשחרור ירושלים.
היום: הטקס המלא על המשפחות pic.twitter.com/YXbB2BUpuz
— יואב זיתון (@yoavzitun) February 6, 2020
This compelled many of the troops to approach the Western Wall to pray for the full recovery of their wounded brothers in arms.
אז זה מה שעשו חיילי גולני
אחרי שחבריהם נפצעו בפיגוע.
ככה ננצח. pic.twitter.com/rhQAi1K7h6
— Orna אורנה (@Orna12345678) February 6, 2020
On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement saying: “On behalf of all citizens of Israel, I send wishes for a quick recovery to the wounded soldiers. It is only a question of time – and not much time – until we apprehend the attacker. Terrorism will not defeat us; we will win!”
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