Gunman opens fire on Jerusalem bus in ‘terror attack’ with two critically hurt and six more wounded


Five Americans are among eight wounded in Jerusalem terror attack: Palestinian gunman opens fire on packed bus near the Western Wall

  • Worshippers leaving Sabbath prayers at Western Wall targeted in ‘terror attack’
  • Shooter opened fire on full bus, wounding eight. Driver: ‘Everybody panicked’
  • Israel’s PM said security forces will ‘restore calm’ while Hamas praised attack
  • Yair Lapid added: ‘Whoever harms the citizens of Israel will have nowhere to run’ 
  • Emergency services had previously said six men and one woman hurt in violence

A gunman shot at a bus full of Jewish worshippers on their way home from Jerusalem’s Western Wall at the end of Sabbath this morning, wounding eight and critically injuring two.

The suspect fled the scene but has since turned himself in, Israeli police confirmed. 

Bus driver Daniel Kanievsky said the unidentified assailant opened fire on the packed vehicle as he stopped by David’s Tomb near the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.

He told journalists outside the bullet-riddled bus: ‘I stopped at the station of the Tomb of David. At this moment, the shooting started. 

The attack against the bus occurred near King David's Tomb in Jerusalem's Old City

The attack against the bus occurred near King David’s Tomb in Jerusalem’s Old City

An Israeli security official stands behind a shattered window as he probes the attack scene

An Israeli security official stands behind a shattered window as he probes the attack scene

‘Two people outside I see falling, two inside were bleeding. Everybody panicked.’

Israeli police in the capital’s Old City said the shooter, from East Jerusalem, handed himself over to cops.

Terror group Hamas praised the attack as ‘a natural response to the occupation’ of Gaza by Israel, but did not claim responsibility for the violence.

‘Jerusalem is our capital city and a tourist center for all religions,’ Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement, adding that Israeli security forces would ‘restore calm.’

‘There is one conclusion from this event, as from previous events: whoever harms the citizens of Israel will have nowhere to run. 

‘We will hunt them down and get them everywhere and we will deal with them with the full severity of the law.’

Israel’s emergency medical services, the Magen David Adom (MDA), called the incident a ‘terror attack in the Old City’.

Investigators collect evidence at the bus shortly after the shooting, which saw eight wounded

Investigators collect evidence at the bus shortly after the shooting, which saw eight wounded

A worshipper puts his finger on a bullet hole in the bus window in the early hours today

A worshipper puts his finger on a bullet hole in the bus window in the early hours today 

MDA spokesperson Zaki Heller said six men and one woman were injured in the attack, with all eight ‘fully conscious’.

Paramedics said they provided lifesaving treatment to people with gunshot wounds, including both on the bus and in the King David’s Tomb parking area.

All victims were taken to nearby hospitals.

‘We were on scene very quickly,’ senior EMT Nehemia Katz and paramedic David Trachtenberg said in a statement. 

‘On Ma’ale Hashalom St. we saw a passenger bus standing in the middle of the road, bystanders called us to treat two males around 30 years old who were on the bus with gunshot wounds.’

Ultra Orthodox Jews look on at the street in East Jerusalem's Old City, where the bus was hit

Ultra Orthodox Jews look on at the street in East Jerusalem’s Old City, where the bus was hit

Paramedics on motorbikes respond to the shooting that saw several Israeli worshippers hurt

Paramedics on motorbikes respond to the shooting that saw several Israeli worshippers hurt

Members of the city's ZAKA Search and Rescue team are pictured cleaning blood off street

Members of the city’s ZAKA Search and Rescue team are pictured cleaning blood off street

Worshippers are pictured praying at the Western Wall late into the night last weekend

Worshippers are pictured praying at the Western Wall late into the night last weekend

It comes a week after a three-day conflict between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants in Gaza saw at least 49 Palestinians killed, including a five-year-old girl.

Israeli jets pounded the narrow coastal strip in what the military said was a pre-emptive attack aimed at preventing an imminent threat to Israel.

Since March, 19 people – mostly Israeli civilians inside Israel – have been killed in attacks, mostly by Palestinians. Three Israeli Arab attackers were also killed.

In the aftermath, Israeli authorities increased raids in the occupied West Bank, killing more than 50 militants and civilians.



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