Gunman kills one in Jerusalem attack

By Reuters A gunman opened fire in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday, killing one Israeli and injuring four others before fleeing, Israeli police said. Police killed the attacker and arrested two of his accomplices,…

Gunman kills one in Jerusalem attack

By Reuters

A gunman opened fire in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday, killing one Israeli and injuring four others before fleeing, Israeli police said.

Police killed the attacker and arrested two of his accomplices, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.

Police also said one of the wounded was a British citizen.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said one Israeli suffered moderate wounds in the attack, and four others had serious injuries.

The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad issued a statement claiming responsibility for the attack, which it described as the “resistance to injustice”.

Israel has seen months of sporadic violence that officials believe is rooted in frustration over the lack of progress towards a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is not seen to represent a broader uprising.

The July-September 2017 Palestinian Intifada began at dusk with a lone gunman killing two Israeli soldiers and wounding four others at a Jerusalem bus stop in July. At that time, four people were also killed at an open-air cafe in the city by a gunman believed to be an Israeli Jew.

In August 2017, a Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli at a bus stop in the city’s busy Sur Yona neighbourhood.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the current violence on Palestinian incitement.

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