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Jerusalem tram attack victim was University of Birmingham student


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The victim of a shock attack on a tram in Jerusalem on Friday has been named as Hannah Bladon, a 20-year-old student at the University of Birmingham.

Bladon was stabbed several times in the chest and despite aid efforts she later died from her injuries in hospital.

She was taking part in an exchange program, studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of her degree in religion, theology and archaeology.

Her family released a statement following her death, saying she was “the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for”. Bladon was a passionate sports fan, particularly a “keen supporter of Derby County”. The football club marked Bladon’s death with a minute’s silence before their match against Huddersfield Town on Easter Monday.

The family further added: “Hannah was a talented musician, part of a serving team at her local church and a member of her local archaeological group.

“She was driven and passionate and her death leaves so much promise unfulfilled.”

The University of Birmingham issued a statement regarding Bladon’s tragic death: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of our student Hannah Bladon who was killed whilst on an exchange programme in Jerusalem. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this tragic time and we will be providing support for any student affected by this terrible event.”

Her personal tutor, Dr Andrew Davies, expressed his condolences, calling Bladon a “rare treasure”.

During the attack a 50-year-old man and a 30-year-old pregnant woman were also injured. Police have arrested a 57-year-old Palestinian man, named as Jamil Tamimi from Ras al-Amud in East Jerusalem. He had recently been released from a psychiatric hospital.

Image by Marco Plassio.

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