Dramatic images of the six-month-old baby snatched alive from the wreckage of its mother’s car after it was crushed in a bulldozer attack in Jerusalem have shocked Israel. Three people died in the attack, including the baby’s mother.
The bulldozer driver, a Palestinian construction worker, was shot dead in his cab and dragged onto the street. It appears he had no history of militancy, and no group has organised demonstrations to mark the attack or hail him as a martyr.
Hosam Dwayyat was 30 and divorced from a Jewish Israeli woman. He had a history of drug offences, but no known links to extremists.
It was the first attack in Jewish west Jerusalem since March. Israel’s president Shimon Peres called for calm.
“It was an attempt to destroy an otherwise more restrained and tranquil situation in Jerusalem. It’s a mistake, because in fact the Arabs and the Jewish people in Jerusalem are having their daily experience and contacts in a peaceful manner,” said Peres.
More than 40 people needed hospital treatment after the 20-ton bulldozer careered nearly half a kilometre down Jaffa road, one of the city’s busiest streets, driving over cars and flipping a bus onto its side with its mechanical shovel.