Seven injured in Jerusalem bus attack, suspect arrested

Seven people were injured, two seriously, in an armed attack on a bus early Sunday in central Jerusalem, Israeli police and paramedics said.

“The police have been informed of a shootout against a bus near David’s Tomb (…) the police have cordoned off the scene and are looking for a suspect who fled,” the police said.

The Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, said it intervened after receiving reports of shootings at a bus in Jerusalem.

“There are a total of seven wounded, all conscious, one woman and six men, two of whom are in serious condition,” said Zaki Heller, spokesman for the MDA.

By spring, 19 people – mostly Israeli civilians inside Israel – had been killed, mostly in attacks by Palestinians. Three Israeli Arab attackers were also killed.

In the process, the Israeli authorities had multiplied operations in the occupied West Bank. More than 50 Palestinians have been killed, including combatants and civilians, in operations and incidents in the West Bank.

Last week, the Israeli army carried out a “preventive operation” against the Islamic Jihad, an armed Islamist movement, in the Gaza Strip, which responded with salvoes of rockets against Israel.

At least 49 Palestinians, including Islamic Jihad fighters but also children, died in this weekend of military escalation which ended last Sunday with a truce favored by the mediation of Egypt.

Suspect arrested

Israeli police said on Sunday they had arrested a man suspected of shooting at a bus in central Jerusalem, injuring eight people, two seriously.

“The terrorist is in our hands,” police spokesman Eli Levy told Kan public radio. The latter had previously indicated “looking for a suspect who fled”.


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