Middle East

Jerusalem: Palestinian car attack claims second victim

Funeral of Karen Mosquera in Jerusalem (27/10/14) Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Ecuadorean Karen Mosquera died four days after being injured in the attack

An Ecuadorean woman who was injured in a Palestinian attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday in which a three-month-old baby girl was also killed has died.

They were among a group of people hit when the attacker ran his car into pedestrians at a tram station.

The 21-year-old driver was shot dead by police as he attempted to flee the scene on foot.

Security has been heightened in the city amid rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians there.

There were clashes between stone-throwing youths and police after a "symbolic funeral" for Adbel-Rahman Shaloudi in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan on Sunday.

A dispute between Shaloudi's family and Israeli authorities over the number of mourners permitted at his funeral delayed the release of Shaloudi's body until later in the day. His burial on Sunday night passed without incident.

The funeral of the Ecuadorean victim, 22-year-old Karen Mosquera, was held early on Monday.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper said she had come to Israel to learn about and convert to Judaism.

Ms Mosquera and Haya Zissel Braun were killed in what police say was a "terrorist attack".

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Image caption Shaloudi, who was buried on Sunday, killed two and wounded six others in the attack

At a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused "radical Islamist forces" of trying to foment violence in Jerusalem.

"We will not allow the reality of Jerusalem to become one of throwing stones and firebombs, and disturbances," he said.

Meanwhile, violence also broke out in Silwad in the West Bank on Sunday after the funeral of a 14-year-old American Palestinian teenager who was shot dead by Israeli police on Friday.

Thousands attended the funeral of Orwah Hammad, who was born in New Orleans and came to the West Bank when he was six years old.

The US State Department confirmed he was an American citizen, and urged for an investigation into his death.

The Israeli army says that he was among a group of Palestinians throwing stones and Molotov cocktails by a main road near Ramallah.

East Jerusalem has experienced months of unrest since a Palestinian teenager was abducted and burned to death in early July, two days after the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were abducted and killed in the occupied West Bank in mid-June.

The killings set off an escalating cycle of violence, leading to a 50-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip that claimed more than 2,000 lives.

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