(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Wednesday revoked the residency status of 11 family members of Palestinian terrorist Fadi al-Qunbar, who carried out the deadly truck-ramming terror attack in Jerusalem's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood earlier this month.
Following the attack, which killed four Israeli soldiers and wounded 15 others, Deri announced that he would take measures to immediately cancel the residency status of the terrorist's family, many of whom were living and working in Israel under a family reunification program.
Al-Qunbar, a resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, plowed a truck into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem Jan. 8, and was shot and killed at the scene.
Deri said in a statement Wednesday that after listening to family members and consulting with security officials, he decided to revoke the interim residency status of 10 members of the al-Qunbar family as well as the permanent residency of al-Qunbar's mother.
"Only immediate and practical measures can deter terrorists. I am confident that revoking the residency status of family members will serve as a warning sign to others," Deri said.