Shooting attacks on Isreal settlers at occupied Quds leave nearly 10 injured
An armed attacker opened fire on a bus and other locations in the occupied city of al-Quds, injuring nearly ten Israeli settlers, some of whom are in critical condition.
According to early reports by Israeli media, there were two attacks in two different neighborhoods of the occupied city of al-Quds.
They claimed that shots were fired at a parking lot outside one of the gates to the Old City of al-Quds as well as a bus on a road close to the Western Wall.
A few hours later, Israel's Channel 12 reported that the complex operation had targeted settlers on foot before hitting an Israeli bus, a car, and finally another vehicle.
The operation, according to Israel's Kan news network, was carried out by a lone gunman who fired 10 shots in a span of 10 to 15 seconds, hitting a bus and two vehicles before fleeing the scene.
The report noted that following the shooting, the regime’s forces have prevented all settlers from exiting through the al-Buraq Wall in al-Quds.
Palestinian sources say a large number of Israeli forces have stormed the Silwan neighborhood of al-Quds, searching for the attacker.
They added that Israeli drones also flew drones over Silwan neighborhood in search of the attacker, who is still at large.
The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, reacted to the al-Quds operation, describing it as a natural reaction by Palestinians to acts of aggression committed by Israeli settlers and their daily crimes against “our people, our land, and our sacred places.”
Hamas Spokesperson Fawzi Barhum said, “The occupiers’ suppressive measures and intensification of security measures against our people in al-Quds will not weaken their resolve.”
As many as 74 Palestinians, including 37 Palestinian children, have been killed so far this year, many as a result of the use of lethal force by the Israeli authorities in a manner described by the UN Human Rights Office in the Occupied Territories as a violation of international human rights law.
Speaking on Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet condemned the widespread use of live ammunition by the Israeli forces during operations across the occupied West Bank, including East al-Quds, that had “led to an alarming increase in Palestinian fatalities.”