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Seven people were injured, two of them seriously, in an armed attack against a bus perpetrated this Sunday (08.14.2022) in the center of JerusalemIsraeli police and rescuers reported. “Police were made aware of a shooting at a bus near the Tomb of David. The site was cordoned off,” said that security force.
Following an intense police search in the area, the suspect in the attack was arrested after turning himself in, and the firearm was seized, a police spokesman confirmed. Although his identity has not been revealed, the Israeli authorities described the attack as a “terrorist attack” carried out by Palestinians.
Without going further, the Islamist group Hamas described what happened as a “heroic act of resistance”. The attack took place at around 1:30 a.m. fighting a city bus in a parking lot near David’s Tomb, opposite Zion Gate, outside the walled neighborhood. The assailant opened fire on those waiting to board the machine.
Pregnant woman and her son, among the wounded
Among the seriously injured, one is a 35-year-old pregnant woman, whose injuries to her abdomen forced an emergency delivery at Shaare Zedek hospital. Her life is in danger, while the baby’s condition is serious but stable, according to Israeli media. Four members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family from the US, who arrived in the country as tourists on Wednesday, were also injured. The father is another seriously injured, he is sedated and connected to a respirator.
“Jerusalem is our capital and a tourist center for all religions. Our security forces are working to restore calm and regain a sense of security in the city,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement. “All those who seek to harm us should know that they will pay the price for harming our civilians,” added the acting prime minister.
Hamas, which rules Gaza de facto, pointed out that the “heroic and courageous operation in Jerusalem is a natural reaction to the arrogance of the occupation soldiers (Israel) and the Zionist settlers who commit crimes against our people, our land and the holy places of Islam and Christianity.