Israeli police arrest family of Jerusalem assailant in raids


Israeli police raided East Jerusalem early Monday. The operations followed an attack in which four people were killed when a resident of the Palestinian neighborhood plowed his truck into the Armon Hanatziv Promenade on Sunday, Haaretz daily reported. Five of the attacker’s relatives were among those detained, all from the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of East Jerusalem, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri. Police also barred the assailant’s family from putting up a traditional Muslim mourning tent to receive visitors paying condolence calls. Palestinian media say 20 people were detained during Israeli raids on Monday in several West Bank cities.

Moscow condemns the terrorist attack carried out in Jerusalem on January 8, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of military servicemen and civilians near the Armon Hanatziv Promenade on Sunday, killing four people and injuring 17, TASS said. The attacker, a resident of East Jerusalem, was shot dead. “We strongly condemn this terror attack, no matter what was the reason for it,” the ministry’s statement reads. “This kind of violence heightens tensions concerning the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and disrupts the world community’s attempts aimed at ensuring sustainable peace talks.”

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