Israeli Police arrest 8 Over attack on Jerusalem Bus

Israeli Police Arrest 8 Over Attack on Jerusalem Bus Jerusalem Bus Carrying Jewish Worshippers that Came under Attack

Israeli police say they have arrested a suspect in a shooting attack on a bus in Jerusalem Old City that wounded at least eight people, two critic\ally.

The attack took place in the early hours of Sunday, as the bus carrying Israelis waited in a parking lot near the Western Wall, a holy prayer site for Jews.

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The victims included a 35-year-old pregnant woman, according to The Times of Israel newspaper.

It also reported another round of shooting in a parking lot in the area.

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A suspect later turned himself into Israeli authorities, according to a statement by the police, which did not identify him.

Israeli forces had entered the nearby Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan in pursuit of the suspected attacker.

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Al Jazeera’s Natasha Ghoneim, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said Israeli forces have been raiding houses in the area and carrying out arrests.

β€œPolice have been raiding several homes in Silwan. A short while ago, there were reports that four people have been arrested, two of them women and they may be related to the suspect,” she said.

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The attack in Jerusalem followed a tense week between Israel and Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Last week, Israeli fighter jets conducted raids on Gaza targeting the Palestinian armed group, Islamic Jihad, after arresting one of its leaders in the West Bank.

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Forty-nine Palestinians, including 17 children and two Islamic Jihad commanders, were killed in the Israeli bombardment. Hundreds of Palestinians were also wounded.

Islamic Jihad responded by firing hundreds of rockets at Israel, but most of them were intercepted. No Israeli was killed or seriously injured.

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The fighting ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire and assurances from Cairo that it would work towards the release of two Islamic Jihad members being held by Israel.

The Hamas group, which governs Gaza, stayed on the sidelines.

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Analysts say the ceasefire remains fragile.

β€œThe atmosphere is one of tension and frustration,” said Yoni Ben-Menachem, a Middle East analyst based in West Jerusalem.

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