New gun attack in east Jerusalem after synagogue mass shooting
A 13-year-old Palestinian boy shot and wounded a father and son in east Jerusalem Saturday hours after a gunman killed seven outside a synagogue, raising fears of escalation despite international calls for calm.
The most recent gun attack, according to the police, took place on Saturday morning in Silwan, which is just outside the old, walled city in the Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
According to police and medical professionals, the 47-year-old father and his 23-year-old son were shot in the upper body and rushed to the hospital.
42 people had been arrested by police earlier in connection with the synagogue attack on Friday, which was one of the deadliest in Jerusalem in years.
A 21-year-old Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem opened fire on the synagogue in the Neve Yaakov settler neighborhood while the Jewish Sabbath was in session.
The attack occurred at the same time as Holocaust Memorial Day.
A day after one of the deadliest army raids in the occupied West Bank in roughly two decades, it came amid rising regional tensions, rocket fire from Gaza Strip militants, and Israeli air strikes in response.
During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tour of the synagogue attack site late on Friday, crowds chanted “Death to Arabs.”
To commemorate the killings in Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinians held spontaneous rallies, including in Ramallah, where large crowds chanted and waved Palestinian flags.
Mickey Levy, an opposition lawmaker from the centrist Yesh Atid party led by former premier Yair Lapid, warned that the rising violence reminded him of the second intifada, the Palestinian uprising that lasted from 2000 to 2005 and left both sides devastated.
He stated to AFP, “What happened twenty years ago, it’s (starting) to happen right now.”
“We must sit down and consider how we can move forward and stop this situation.”
Arab condemnation Israel was “fully responsible for the dangerous escalation,” the Palestinian Authority stated in a statement, without commenting on the two gun attacks.
The synagogue shooting was described as “one of the worst attacks (Israel) has encountered in recent years” by Israel’s police chief, Kobi Shabtai.
The shooting on Friday night was condemned by Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates, all of which have ties to Israel.
However, one of Israel’s most prominent adversaries, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, hailed the attack as “heroic” and expressed “absolute support for all the steps taken by the Palestinian resistance factions.”
Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, stated that his nation “stands by the side of Israel” and that he was “deeply shocked” by the “terrible” attacks in Jerusalem.
A “spiral of violence must be avoided at all costs,” according to French President Emmanuel Macron, and Russia also called for “maximum restraint.”
The violence has also been condemned by the White House, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will be traveling to the region next week and is expected to call for a de-escalation.
Police shot and killed the synagogue gunman following a brief car chase following the attack.
There is no evidence that he was a militant in the past or a member of a well-established Palestinian armed group.
“Died next to me” The synagogue attacker has not yet been identified by authorities, but Israeli and Palestinian media have widely identified him as Alqam Khayri, and his Facebook page was receiving praise.
Shimon Israel, who lives nearby the synagogue and witnessed the attack, claimed that he heard “shooting and shouting” while sitting down for Shabbat dinner.
He stated, “A guy stopped (his car) to help… got shot in the head and died right here next to me.”
After the shooting at the synagogue, 42 people, including members of the gunman’s immediate family, relatives, and neighbors, were arrested, according to the police.
Israel said on Thursday that a “counter-terrorism” operation in the Jenin refugee camp had resulted in the deaths of nine people.
Since the second intifada, it was one of the deadliest Israeli army raids in the West Bank.
Israel claimed that operatives of Islamic Jihad were the target.
Later, both Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched a number of rockets at Israeli territory.
Israeli air defenses stopped most of the rockets. In response, the military launched strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza.
Both sides did not report any injuries, but the armed groups in Gaza promised to take more action.