(JNS.org) A 3-month-old baby girl was killed and eight others were wounded in what Israel identified as a Hamas terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday, as a car plowed into passengers exiting a light rail train. The driver of the vehicle was shot by police officers and then hospitalized after being detained.
Later on Wednesday, Ofir Gendelman—the Israeli Prime Minister's Office spokesperson for Arab media—posted on Twitter, "The Palestinian terrorist who ran over 8 people in Jerusalem this evening, injuring them and killing a baby, was a member of Hamas."
Gendelman subsequently tweeted, "Hamas media brags that its terrorist who ran over 8 people in Jerusalem & killed a baby is the nephew of a slain leader of Al Qassam brigades."
The baby girl killed in the incident had been hospitalized at the Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital, along with two other seriously wounded pedestrians. The other injured pedestrians sustained moderate and light injuries.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, "We must restore peace and security in Jerusalem—as I have said for months, the situation in Jerusalem is intolerable and we must act unequivocally against all violence taking place in the city. Today, more than ever, it is clear that we must send police forces into neighborhoods where there are disturbances, placing them strategically and widely in significant numbers."
"The atrocious murder of an innocent baby girl, a victim of indiscriminate terrorism, should disgust all those who have a heart," said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. "The increasing incitement on the Arab streets and the streets of Jerusalem, which unfortunately receives the backing of leaders in the Arab world, has the ability to destroy the delicate balance of life in Jerusalem, and carry us all into a maelstrom of destruction and pain."