Netanyahu Orders Jerusalem Bus Stops Fortified After Car-ramming Attack

Fourteen people were wounded, including an infant, after Palestinian driver crashed into a bus station in the capital.

Israeli policemen inspect the car of a Palestinian attacker who was shot dead after driving into Israelis at a bus stop on December 14, 2015 in Jerusalem.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vowed Monday to fortify Jerusalem's bus stops after a Palestinian from East Jerusalem ploughed his car into a group of Israelis, wounding 14 people, among them an infant still in critical condition.

The incident took place Monday afternoon at the entrance to Jerusalem. The alleged assailant was shot on the scene while still in his car and an axe was found the vehicle.

After the attack, Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting with Barak, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz.

During the meeting, Netanyahu instructed them to fortify bus stations in Jerusalem, in accordance with a list that will be formulated by the police and the Transpiration Ministry.

Barkat said the municipality has put together a plan to fortify hundreds of stations in "high-risk" areas in the city and put the cost of the project at about 2 million shekel (roughly $519,000). According to the mayor, the plan can be implanted in a month's time.

Barak thanked Netanyahu the "quick" response he initiated, and praised the transportation minister for making funds available for the project, "even though fortification of [bus] stations is not under his responsibility."

In October and November of 2014, there was a spate of similar attacks, with Palestinian drivers ramming their vehicles into people waiting at the city's light-rail stops.

Paramedics on the scene of Monday's attack said that 12 of the 14 wounded suffered light wounds, while an elderly woman and a 1.5-year-old boy were in moderate condition. The baby's medical condition later deteriorated and is now condered serious, the hospital said.

The Jerusalem Police said thesuspected assailant was Abed Almohsin Hassoneh, 21, from East Jerusalem's Beit Hanina neighborhood.