Wounded Victim Identified After 10 Hours

Man injured in J'lem attack carried no details, making it difficult to identify him. 13 were injured and 1 killed in the attack.

Cynthia Blank ,

Jerusalem car terrorist attack
Jerusalem car terrorist attack
United Hatzalah

Ten hours after being injured in Wednesday's afternoon attack at the Shimon Hatzadik train station in Jerusalem, once of the victims, aged around 20, was finally identified. 

He had been severely injured in the terrorist attack - where an Arab terrorist plowed over a group of pedestrians, hit cars, and finally exited his vehicle to attack other civilians with an iron bar - and was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. 

A spokesperson for Hadassah released the information Wednesday night. 

The victim's identity remained unknown for the long period of time, because rescue workers and hospital staff could find no identifying details on his body or his person. 

For hours - while the victim received medical treatment at the hospital - the Disaster Victim Identification organization (ZAKA) tried to determine his identity. 

Because he was not carrying a bag or a wallet at the time of the attack, and since none of his relatives tried to contact him throughout the day, ZAKA decided to issue an announcement to the public in an attempt to identify the details of the injured victim.

Finally, family members were found and are now by the wounded's side at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital. 

One person was killed in the attack and at least 13 others were wounded, 5 critically, including the now-identified man. 

As of last night, two of the wounded remained patients at Hadassah Ein Kerem's ICU ward - the man who remained unidentified until the evening who continues to fight for his life, and another wounded man who came to the hospital in serious condition. 

The second man underwent surgery Wednesday and his condition is now set as stable.

In addition to these two wounded, three other people injured in the Jerusalem car terrorist attack are being hospitalized in the capital city - two of them in critical condition. Throughout the day, a number of attack victims who had been brought to the hospital with light injuries were released.

The funeral of Chief Inspector Jedan Assad, 38, the border patrol officer killed in the attack, will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at the cemetery in the Druze village of Beit Jann. 

Assad was father to a three-year-old boy; his wife is also five months pregnant. Hs family met Wednesday with Interior Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich and Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino as well as Druze leaders, following the attack.