A Palestinian gunman opened fire at a bus close to Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight individuals in an assault that got here per week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics stated.
Two of the victims have been in critical situation, together with a pregnant lady with belly accidents and a person with gunshot wounds to the pinnacle and neck, based on Israeli hospitals treating them.
The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, tweeted that there were American citizens among the many wounded. An embassy spokesperson disclosed no different info or particulars.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer stated a press convention Sunday that three of the eight individuals wounded in the assault have been Americans from Brooklyn.
The capturing occurred because the bus waited in a parking zone close to David’s Tomb on Mount Zion, simply exterior the Old City partitions. Israeli media recognized the suspected attacker as a 26-year-old Palestinian from east Jerusalem.
Israeli police stated forces have been dispatched to the scene to research. Israeli safety forces additionally pushed into the close by Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan pursuing the suspected attacker.
Later on Sunday, police stated the suspected attacker turned himself in. Speaking at a meeting of his Cabinet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stated the suspected attacker was a resident of Jerusalem who was working alone throughout the capturing and who had beforehand been arrested by Israel.
The assault in Jerusalem adopted abetween Israel and Palestinians in and the West Bank.
Last weekend, Israeli plane unleashed an offensive in the Gaza Strip concentrating on the militant group Islamic Jihad and setting off three days of fierce cross-border combating. Islamic Jihad fired a whole bunch of rockets throughout the flare-up to avenge the airstrikes, which killed two of its commanders and different militants. Israel stated the assault was meant to thwart threats from the group to reply to the arrest of one in every of its officers in the occupied West Bank.
Forty-nine Palestinians, together with 17 kids and 14 militants, have been killed, and a number of other hundred have been injured in the combating, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire. No Israeli was killed or critically injured.
The Islamic militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, stayed on the sidelines.
A day after the cease-fire halted the worst spherical of Gaza combating in greater than a year, Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout that erupted throughout an arrest raid in the West Bank metropolis of Nablus.