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Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained in light rail attack

Dec. 7, 2014 2:35 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 9, 2014 3:22 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man on Sunday succumbed to wounds he sustained in a car attack on a light rail station in East Jerusalem, his wife told Ma'an.

Abd al-Karim Nafith Hamid, 60, was injured when a Palestinian slammed his car into the Sheikh Jarrah tram station, killing a Druze officer in the Israeli border police and injuring at least 13 other people, Hamid's wife Umm Ibrahim told Ma'an.

She said her husband suffered multiple fractures of the spine and feet, and subsequently had a heart attack.

Hamid did not receive the necessary medical treatment right away, Umm Ibrahim said.

"After the Israeli forces identified the injured people, they handcuffed my injured husband because he is an Arab and didn't offer him the appropriate treatment. Neither did they evacuate him to the hospital immediately."

She said that according to eyewitnesses, Hamid arrived at Shaare Zedek Medical Center handcuffed.

"He has been in an intensive care room and he was given all the necessary surgeries, but he was declared dead today," Umm Ibrahim said.

Hamid left behind 12 children and two widows. His body was taken to the al-Maqasid hospital in Jerusalem and then to his home village of Anata east of Jerusalem.

He will be buried at Bab al-Sahira cemetery in the Old City of Jerusalem.

On Nov. 5, a Palestinian named Ibrahim al-Akkari, 47, drove a car at high speed into a group of pedestrians waiting at a light rail station in Sheikh Jarrah.

A Druze border policeman, 38-year-old Jadan Assad, was killed in the attack and at least 13 others were injured, two seriously.

A 17-year-old Israeli boy, Shalom Baadani, later succumbed to wounds he sustained in the attack.

Al-Akkari was shot dead after exiting the vehicle and trying to attack passersby with an iron rod, witnesses said.

The attack was the second time in recent weeks that a Palestinian had struck Israeli pedestrians with a vehicle while they were waiting at a Jerusalem light rail stop.

The incidents came amid rising anger and tensions in Jerusalem over an Israeli offensive on Gaza that left nearly 2,200 dead over summer as well as an arrest campaign in the city itself that left hundreds of Hamas-related individuals in prison.
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