Jerusalem shooting: Western Wall attack explained

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A gunman opened fire on a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding eight Israelis in a suspected Palestinian attack a week after the clash between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said.

The shooting happened on Sunday (August 14) while the bus was parked near the Western Wall, considered the holiest place for Jews to pray.

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The attack on Jerusalem came after a tense week between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

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Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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Who are the victims?

According to Israeli hospitals, two of the victims were in critical condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

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Daniel Kanievsky, the driver of the bus, told local media that his vehicle was full of passengers at the time of the shooting.

“We opened up the ramp for someone in a wheelchair and then filming started. Everyone fell to the ground screaming. I tried to escape but the bus couldn’t go with the ramp open,” he said.

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The pregnant woman was shot in the stomach. She underwent an emergency caesarean and the baby is said to be in serious but stable condition.

According to media reports, four of the injured were members of the same family who were visiting Israel from New York.

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Who is the suspect?

According to the Israeli police, emergency services were dispatched to investigate the crime scene.

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Israeli forces also advanced into the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in search of the alleged attacker; The shooter fled, but is now said to have surrendered.

The shooter is believed to be a Palestinian from East Jerusalem.

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What is happening in the West Bank?

The attack on Jerusalem came after a tense week between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

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Last weekend, Israeli planes launched an offensive in Gaza against the Islamic Jihad militant group, sparking three days of fierce cross-border fighting.

Hundreds of rockets were launched by Islamic Jihad during the flare-up to retaliate for airstrikes that killed two of its commanders and other militants.

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Israel claimed the attack was carried out to deter the group from seeking revenge for the arrest of one of its officials in the occupied West Bank.

The fighting killed 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, and injured hundreds. The fighting ended with an Egyptian-brokered armistice.

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