A Palestinian gunman opened fire on a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight people in an attack that came a week after violence flared between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said.

Two of the victims were in critical condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal wounds and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to Israeli hospitals treating them.

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides, tweeted that there were American citizens among the wounded. The press secretary of the embassy did not disclose any other information or details.

US Senator Chuck Schumer said at a press conference on Sunday that three of the eight people injured in the attack were Americans from Brooklyn.

The shooting happened as the bus was waiting in a parking lot near David’s tomb on Mount Zion, near the walls of the Old City. Israeli media identified the alleged attacker as a 26-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem.

Israeli security services inspect a bus after an attack near the Old City of Jerusalem, August 14, 2022. Seven people were injured, two of them seriously, after an attack on a bus in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel Police and the National Emergency Medical Service said earlier on August 14 2022


Israeli police said that forces were sent to the scene to investigate. Israeli security forces also stormed the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in pursuit of the suspected attacker.

Later on Sunday, police said the suspected attacker surrendered. Speaking at a meeting of his cabinet on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the suspected attacker was a resident of Jerusalem who acted alone during the shooting and who had previously been arrested by Israel.

The attack in Jerusalem took place after a busy week between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza and the West Bank of the Jordan River.

Over the weekend, Israeli airstrikes launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group, sparking three days of fierce cross-border fighting. Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets during the outbreak to avenge airstrikes that killed 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, including 17 children and 14 militants, were killed and several hundred wounded in the fighting, which ended in an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. None of the Israelis were killed or seriously injured.

The Islamic militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, stayed away.

A day after a ceasefire halted the worst fighting in Gaza in more than a year, Israeli troops killed three Palestinians militants and dozens wounded in a firefight that broke out during a detention raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.


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