Jerusalem: eight injured, two seriously, in bus attack

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An Israeli security officer is investigating the incident which occurred overnight on Sunday.

Eight people were injured, two seriously, in an armed attack on a bus early Sunday in the center from Jerusalem, Israeli police and rescue workers said.

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

An AFP journalist noted a strong police deployment in front of this site, located near the Wailing Wall, in the Old City of Jerusalem.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Authorities have cordoned off the perimeter.

The Magen David Adom, Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross, said it responded to reports of shootings at a bus in Jerusalem.

We arrived quickly at the premises. On Ma'ale Hashalom street […] passers-by stopped us to treat two men aged around 30 who were injured on the bus. They were conscious and walked with upper body injuries, two MDA rescuers said in testimony relayed by the organization.

I was coming back from the Wailing Wall. The bus was full of passengers. I stopped at the Tomb of David bus stop. At that point, the shooting started, testified the driver of the bus, Daniel Kanievsky to a small group of journalists on the spot, including AFP.

I' x27;saw two people on the bus bleeding. Everyone was panicking, he added, in front of his bullet-riddled bus at the foot of Jerusalem's Old City.

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 stepped up operations in the occupied West Bank. More than 50 Palestinians had been killed, including combatants and civilians, in operations and incidents in the West Bank.

Last week, the 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 during this weekend of military escalation which ended last Sunday in a truce favored by the mediation of Egypt.

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