Ecuadorian Victim of Jerusalem Terror Attack Dies of Wounds

Palestinian family of terrorist accepts Israel Police's offer to hold funeral Sunday at 11 P.M. with 70 attendees.

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The scene of an attack in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
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A woman seriously wounded in a Jerusalem terror attack last week died of her wounds on Sunday, raising the death toll from the strike to two.

Karen Mosquera, 22, of Ecuador, was injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem on October 22, 2014, and died of her wounds four days later.

Karen Mosquera, aged 22 from Ecuador, was undergoing a conversion to Judaism.

Her mother, Rosa Cecilia, said that her daughter's dream was to "travel to Israel and build her life there, but her life has been cut short."

Speaking at Hadassah Medical Center, where Mosquera died, the mother added: "People always say things against Israel in the news, but when you come here you see the truth."

Mosquera's funeral will be held at 11:30 P.M. on Sunday. The funeral procession will head from the Shamgar funeral home in Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives.  

At the same time, unrest resumed in East Jerusalem, as hundreds of Palestinians attended a symbolic funeral march in Silwan for the terrorist, Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi. Police blocked them en route to the cemetery, and heavy clashes between the Palestinians and police forces developed.

A three-month-old baby was killed on Wednesday evening and seven other people were wounded when Al-Shaludi drove his car into a light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem and ran over passersby disembarking from the train.

Al-Shaludi, who was shot by police as he tried to flee the scene, succumbed to his wounds in hospital hours later. Al-Shaludi, a Palestinian resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, had served prison time in the past for security offenses.

According to witnesses, Al-Shaludi drove the car 14 meters on the tracks itself, hitting disembarking passengers and continuing on along the length of the track. He stopped after hitting a pole a few hundred meters down and then attempted to flee on foot, when he was shot, arrested and hospitalized.

The baby, Chaya Zissel Braun, was taken to Hadassah Har Hatsofim hospital in critical condition, breathing with the assistance of a ventilator. She was pronounced dead two hours later, after all efforts at resuscitation failed.

A Palestinian protester runs for cover from a stun grenade fired by Israeli police, Silwan October 26, 2014. (Reuters)

On Sunday evening, Palestinians reported clashes near Jewish homes in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in East Jerusalem. Police said two teens suspected of throwing stones were arrested and taken for interrogation. Firebombs were thrown in the Beit Hanina neighborhood as well, police said, adding that there were no casualties.

Al-Shaludi's family has initially refused to accept his body from the police, rejecting the police's limitation of the number of attendants at the funeral to 20, sanctioned by the Jerusalem District Court. But on Sunday evening the family accepted the police's offer, and Al Shaludi's funeral will be held near 11 P.M. on Sunday, with 70 people in attendance.

Palestinians carry an empty coffin during a symbolic funeral for Adbel Rahman Shaludi. (AFP)

Clashes in East Jerusalem took place over the weekend, too, as a Palestinian teenager with dual U.S. citizenship was killed in a confrontation with Israeli troops. Eighteen Palestinians were arrested over the weekend.

Disturbances occurred in several East Jerusalem neighborhoods, with Palestinians throwing stones and firecrackers at police. Against this background, the Tel Aviv municipality has canceled some school trips to the capital.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the violence in Jerusalem on Sunday's cabinet meeting, saying the state will not allow the stones and firebombs to continue being thrown.

"There are extremist Islamist elements who are trying to set Israel's capital ablaze, and we will exert all the necessary force, with determination and responsibility, so they will not succeed," Netanyahu said.

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