Eight Israelis dead in Jerusalem attack

Shooting follows deadly Israeli raid in Jenin that killed 9 Palestinians

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AMMAN — Eight Israelis were killed, while others were wounded in a shooting in occupied Jerusalem on Friday. اضافة اعلان

The attack happened in the Nabi Yaqoub settlement. 

According to media outlets, a gunman opened fire outside a synagogue and killed eight settlers.

According to the Magen David Adom emergency 10 Israelis were wounded and are receiving treatment, with some in critical condition.

Israeli police said the gunman was shot and killed at the scene. They identified him as a 21-year-old Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem.

Palestinians from the area closed the main street leading to the site of the shooting to prevent police from reaching the site, according to a local media outlet.

The killings took place a day after Israeli occupation forces killed at least nine Palestinians in the deadliest West Bank raid in years. Several Palestinians were left wounded after the raid.

Natural response to the occupation’s criminal actions’In Gaza, Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassem told the Reuters news agency Friday’s attack was “a response to the crime conducted by the occupation in Jenin and a natural response to the occupation’s criminal actions”. He stopped short of claiming the shooting.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad also praised but did not take responsibility for the attack.

Deadliest since 2008The shooting was the deadliest on Israelis since a 2008 attack killed eight people in a Jewish seminary, according to Israel’s foreign ministry. Given the location and timing, it threatened to trigger a tough response from Israel, Al Jazeera reported.

Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir attended the scene soon after Friday’s attack. “We need to react, the situation cannot go on like this,” he said.

There was no immediate response from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel’s opposition leader, former Prime Minister Yair Lapid, called it “horrific and heartbreaking”.

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