JERUSALEM, Nov 30 (Reuters) – During the morning rush hour on Thursday, two Palestinian attackers opened fire at a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem. The attack resulted in the deaths of at least three people and eight others were wounded, according to Israeli police.
“The terrorists arrived at the scene by car in the morning, armed with an M-16 rifle and a handgun,” police said. “The terrorists began shooting at civilians before subsequently being killed at the scene.”
The shooters came from East Jerusalem and were stopped by off-duty soldiers and another civilian who was nearby, police said.
Security camera footage aired by Israel’s Channel 12 television showed the moments of the attack. A white car is seen stopped beside a crowded bus stop. Two men then step out, guns drawn, and run at the crowd as people scatter. Shortly afterwards the Palestinian attackers are gunned down.
“This attack is further proof for our commitment to continue fighting with strength and determination against the murderous terrorism that threatens our citizens,” cabinet minister Benny Gantz wrote on social media platform X.
A large number of first responders and security forces converged on the area crowded with morning commuters, and police said they were working to reopen the street.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was visiting Tel Aviv, said Thursday’s shooting was a reminder “of the threat from terrorism that Israel and Israelis face every single day. My heart goes out to the victims of this attack.”
The violence came as Israel and Hamas struck a last-minute agreement on Thursday to extend their six-day ceasefire in Gaza by one more day to allow negotiators to keep working on deals to swap hostages held in the coastal enclave for Palestinian prisoners.
Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch Editing by Lincoln Feast, Bernadette Baum and Gareth Jones
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