Jerusalem police vow crackdown after attack

Jerusalem police vowed “zero tolerance” Thursday towards any violence as they fanned out across the city after a baby was killed in a car attack on a crowd by a Palestinian, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Jerusalem police emphasises that it will demonstrate zero tolerance towards any incident of violence and will put its hand on anyone who disturbs public order in the city and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that any future attacks on Jerusalem will be met with the “harshest response.”

“Jerusalem is united and was, and always will be, the eternal capital of Israel. Any attempt to harm its residents will be met with the harshest response,” he said in a statement.

Police warned they would not tolerate any further outbreak of the violence which has gripped the eastern part of the city on an almost daily basis for the past four months.

Hit and run

On Wednesday, the United States condemned what it called a "terrorist" attack by a Palestinian who rammed his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem, killing a baby.

"We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

"We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident," Psaki said.

Six other people were injured in the incident, which took place in the early evening, including a U.S. girl and her parents.

Israeli police called it a "hit and run terror attack" -- the second in the area in just under three months.

The driver later died from his injuries.

The violence came a few days after a Palestinian girl was killed on Sunday and her friend remained in a critical condition after an Israeli settler run them over in his car near a village near the city of Ramallah.

Palestinian news Agency Ma’an said it was not immediately clear whether the incident was deliberate or an accident.


(With Agencies)
 

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