Hamas claims responsibility for car-ramming attack in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas claimed responsibility for a car-ramming attack in Jerusalem, saying the Palestinian driver was a member of the terror organization.

The attack at the entrance to Jerusalem on Monday left 14 Israelis injured, including an 18-month old baby.

Hamas announced on Tuesday that the driver, Abed el-Muhsen Hassuna, 21, who had been a resident of eastern Jerusalem in the past, had been living in Hebron where he was affiliated with Hamas, the Times of Israel reported.

Due to his status as an eastern Jerusalem resident, he held a blue Israeli identity card, which allowed him to drive in the western part of the city.

The Jerusalem Post reported that Yotam Sitbon, the baby injured in the attack, lost his leg after surgery on Monday night to save the leg, which was badly crushed in the attack. The newspaper cited a report by its Hebrew-language sister newspaper Maariv, which cited what it called an unnamed official source. Neither Hadassah Medical Organization nor the family confirmed the report.

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