Two soldiers killed in truck-ramming attack are U.S. citizens

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two of the four Israeli soldiers killed in the truck ramming attack in Jerusalem were American citizens.

The four soldiers were buried in separate cemeteries on Monday, a day after the attack on the promenade in the Arnon Hatnatziv neighborhood, which marks the border between the eastern and western halves of Jerusalem. A group of soldiers had just gotten off a bus in the promenade when the driver of the truck, a resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber drove into them reversing back over the bodies after he had hit them.

Erez Orbach, 20 of Alon Shvut in the Etzion block south of Jerusalem was an American citizen, Haaretz reported, citing a U.S. Embassy official.  He holds U.S. citizenship through his mother, according to the newspaper, citing a family member. Orbach was the oldest of six brothers.

Shira Tzur, 20, of Haifa, had American-born parents, Haaretz reported, citing a soldier in her unit.

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The other two killed soldiers were identified as Yael Yekutiel of Givatayim and Shir Hajaj, 22, of Maale Adumim.

The soldiers were on an educational trip along with several other groups.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited some of the injured soldiers on Monday morning. One of the soldiers reportedly remains in life-threatening condition, breathing with the help of a respirator and facing more surgeries.

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