3 Dead, Dozens Wounded, in 4 Terror Attacks in Israel
Four terror attacks, two in Ra’anana and two in Jerusalem, occurred in Israel on Tuesday morning, in the space of an hour and a half.
Two took place almost simultaneously in different locations in Jerusalem. A total of three Israelis were killed in the latter – one attack was carried out on a bus, and the other by a vehicle ramming into a bus stop — and more than a dozen were wounded, some of them critically.
The terror timeline is as follows:
At 8:50 a.m. a terrorist went on a stabbing rampage on the main street of the city of Ra’anana, in the Sharon region, managing to wound a 32-year-old Israeli man at a bus stop on the city’s main street, near City Hall.
The victim managed to fight the terrorist until other citizens came to his aid and police arrived. He was then evacuated to the Meir Medical Center in nearby Kfar Saba, where he is being treated for stab wounds to his upper body. His condition is defined as “moderate.”
The terrorist, who was identified by police as a 22-year-old resident of east Jerusalem, suffered serious wounds.
At 10:15 a.m. two terrorists boarded a number 78 Egged Jerusalem city bus in the neighborhood of East Talpiot (also known as Armon Hanatziv), and sat down near the front. Shortly after the bus left the stop, the two began shouting “Allahu akbar,” while one began shooting passengers towards the back, and the other moving down the aisle and stabbing as many people as he could.
A security guard on the bus managed to shoot one of them. But when this did not stop the terrorist from getting up and trying to resume his attack, the guard shot him again, this time neutralizing him.
According to initial eyewitness reports, the other terrorist tried to take over the driver’s seat and lock the doors, to prevent passengers from exiting and police from entering. Some passengers later said he was trying to hijack the bus.
Golan Cohen-Gabai, a motorist witnessing the scene, said he blocked off the bus with his car to prevent this from happening.
“Then [the terrorist] opened the doors and wanted to come at me with a knife. I closed the windows, so he ran back and returned with a gun… I held him here for two minutes and then police forces arrived,” he told Ynet.
One 18-year-old survivor of this attack recounted his version of events for Israeli news website nrg from his hospital bed at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. He said that the terrorist with the knife stabbed him in the neck. He said that he tried to escape, by running for the back door, but was unable to get out.
At 10:20 a.m. conflicting reports emerged of the number of wounded in a vehicular attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Geula, with one person dead, another in critical condition, and a number of others in moderate-to-light condition. The terrorist, a resident of east Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukabar neighborhood and an employee at Bezeq (Israel’s phone company) was killed.
According to police, the terrorist drove his Bezeq company car into a bus stop where people were standing. He then exited the car with a hatchet and a meat cleaver, and began stabbing passers-by.
One of the people murdered in this attack was identified as 60-year-old Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky.
At 10:30 a.m. a terrorist in his 20s, later identified as a resident of east Jerusalem, began stabbing people at a café across from the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital in Ra’anana and then fled, as he was chased by citizens. A truck driver who saw the suspect running away rammed into him with his vehicle, and a taxi driver stopped to help subdue him. He was then evacuated to the hospital, but there are conflicting reports about his condition.
These attacks are the latest in an escalating wave of Palestinian terrorism that has been spreading across Israel since the Rosh Hashanah holiday last month.