Maya Aleruzzo / AP
JERUSALEM – A Palestinian gunman opened fire on a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in an attack that came a week after violence broke out between Israel and militants in Gaza, police said. And the medics said.
Two of the victims were in critical condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to Israeli hospitals they were treated for.
US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides tweeted that US citizens were among the injured. An embassy spokesperson did not disclose any other information or details.
The shooting happened while the bus was waiting in a parking lot near the Western Wall, where Jews can pray. Israeli media have identified the suspected attacker as a 26-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
Israeli police said a force had been sent to the scene to investigate. Israeli security forces also infiltrated into the Palestinian territory near Silvan, chasing the suspected attacker.
Later on Sunday, police said the suspected assailant turned himself in. Speaking at his cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the suspected attacker was a resident of Jerusalem who was acting alone during the shooting and had been arrested earlier. Israel.
Israel and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank have had a tense week after the attacks in Jerusalem.
Late last week, Israeli planes launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip targeting the militant group Islamic Jihad and launched three days of fierce cross-border fighting. Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets during a flare-up to avenge the airstrikes, killing two of its commanders and other militants. Israel said the attack was aimed at thwarting threats by the group to respond to the arrest of one of its officials in the occupied West Bank.
Forty-nine Palestinians were killed, including 17 children and 14 militants, and several hundred were wounded in the fighting, which ended with an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire. No Israeli was killed or seriously injured.
Hamas, the Islamic terrorist group that controls Gaza, remained on the sidelines.
A day after the ceasefire halted Gaza’s worst run in more than a year, Israeli troops killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus. Had happened.