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At least four dead as truck crashes into Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem

Meanwhile, the Israeli embassy in London apologised after one of its staff threatened to “take down” a British government minister.

AT LEAST FOUR people have died after a truck rammed into a group of soldiers in Jerusalem, Israeli police have said.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the truck veered off course and struck a group of soldiers who had just disembarked from a bus. She says the attacker has “been neutralised”.

It has been reported the driver was shot and killed.

Israel’s rescue service MDA says at least 15 soldiers have been wounded, including two critically.

Arie Jaffe, of the United Hatzalah emergency service, said the driver was also killed in the incident in west Jerusalem.

Palestinian security officials in the West Bank city of Ramallah said he was a Palestinian from the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, close to the scene.

Since October 2015, 247 Palestinians, 40 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed in a wave of violence, according to an AFP count.

Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead during protests or clashes, while some died in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the victims were in a group of soldiers alighting from a bus at the promenade, which has a scenic view down onto the Old City.

The bus driver said they had been on a cultural tour of the city.

Rosenfeld said that suddenly the lorry driver “ran his vehicle into them. At this moment of time we have ruled out an accident.”

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