Published on : 01/09/2017
By : Arista Asmawati
Prior to Sunday there were 332 attacks through the country in the last 16 months, in which 42 people were killed and 619 others were wounded.
Sunday’s attack that killed four soldiers and wounded 17 people was the most deadly to occur in Jerusalem since the wave of terrorism began in September 2015.
According to Foreign Ministry data, prior to Sunday there were 332 attacks in the last 16 months in which 42 people were killed and 619 people were wounded.
Out of those, the only other terrorist incident with four fatalities was the shooting attack on the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv in June 2016.
Sunday’s vehicular attack occurred in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, which borders the Israeli-Arab neighborhood of Jebl Mukaber, where the terrorist that plowed his truck into the group of soldiers lived.
Jerusalem has been particularly hard-hit by the wave of terrorism.
The city has a population of 849,780 and is divided into Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, according to the 2016 Statistical Yearbook for Jerusalem, which published data from 2014.
Israeli-Arabs make up 37% of the city’s population, according to the yearbook.
Like other areas in the city with abutting Jewish and Arab neighborhoods, Armon Hanatziv had been the site of a number of attacks, including the September 13, 2015, incident in which Alexander Levlovich, 64, of Jerusalem was killed when Arab teens threw stones on his car as he drove home from a Rosh Hashana dinner.
A month later, on October 13, in Jerusalem’s adjacent East Talpiot neighborhood, two residents of Jebl Mukaber boarded an Egged bus armed with a gun and a knife.
They killed Chaim Haviv, 78, and Alon Govberg, 51. They wounded 15 others, including Richard Lakin, 76, who died a few weeks later.