Israel: Hamas praises Jerusalem attack which killed baby girl

Israel: Hamas praises Jerusalem attack which killed baby girl
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The funeral has been held in Jerusalem for a baby girl killed when a car slammed into a crowd of pedestrians.

Eight people were injured in what the Israeli and US governments say was a terrorist attack.

The car driver, a 21-year-old Palestinian man who tried to flee on foot, was shot by police and died in hospital.

The baby he killed, Chaya Zissel Braun, was three months old.

“The parents are a young couple. They are Americans and they came to live here. He come to learn here in the Yeshiva (Jewish Seminary) and they have an apartment here. And it took a few years after the marriage that (was) born, at last after a long time, a small baby and you see, after three months, it happens such a tragedy,” said the baby’s great-uncle, named as Yitzhak.

CCTV caught the moment when the car left the road, ploughing into passengers at a light rail station.

The baby was reportedly tossed into the air and died in hospital.

Reports named the driver as Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, saying he was a Hamas supporter who had recently been released from prison.

He lived in Arab East Jerusalem where violence has been brewing and it is claimed Palestinians suffer discrimination.

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for incitement over recent comments he made saying Jewish “settlers” should be stopped “by any means” from entering a disputed holy compound in Jerusalem.

Israel has also blamed Hamas for the attack. A spokesman for the Islamist movement has reportedly praised it as “a daring operation” and a “natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places”.

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