In Brief: More terror attacks as Israel marks Yom HaZikaron memorial day

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This week has seen at least two attempted terror attacks against Israelis so far, as the Jewish state marked Yom HaZikaron, its memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror, on Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, five people were wounded in a car-ramming terror attack near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market.

Medics treated five people at the scene, including an elderly man in serious condition.

The man, in his eighties, later underwent surgery for multisystemic injuries and doctors were continuing to fight to save his life.

The Palestinian driver was identified as 39-year-old Hatem Najma, a father of five from the Beit Safafa neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

He had no known prior security offences but was reportedly known to have mental health issues.

Later, on Tuesday, one person was moderately wounded in a shooting attack in the northern West Bank on Tuesday.

The drive-by shooting attack occurred near the so-called British Police junction on the Route 60 highway, close to the West Bank town of Silwad.

The 28-year-old man was part of a group of joggers staging a Memorial Day run to commemorate fallen soldiers.

Israel came to a standstill for two minutes on Tuesday to memorialise the country’s 24,213 fallen soldiers and 4,255 terror victims.