Israeli police arrested a 13-year-old Palestinian boy in connection with a shooting in Jerusalem on Saturday.
Video of the incident posted by the Israel Foreign Ministry shows a boy shooting at a small group of men walking along the road near the David archaeological site.
A father, 45, and his son, 22, were injured and taken to hospital in serious but stable condition. The assailant was also shot dead by two civilians nearby carrying licensed weapons.
Within minutes police reached the spot, caught the boy and confiscated his weapon. He was kept in a police ambulance during treatment.
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According to The Jerusalem Post, the boy reportedly came from East Jerusalem. He traveled by bus to the area, then went into the street looking for victims before opening fire.
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MDA paramedic Fadi Dekidak said, “We immediately arrived at the scene and saw the victims. They were fully conscious and had bullet wounds in the upper part of their bodies.” “We quickly put him in an intensive care unit and got him out with life-saving medical treatment at Shaare Zedek Hospital.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the shooting that his government’s response would be “strong, swift and precise”.
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“We don’t want tension, but are ready for any situation,” Netanyahu told AFP.
The US Department of Defense said officials “are in close contact with our Israeli allies and stand firmly with them in the face of this attack.”
The shooting followed an attack on a synagogue on Friday night that left at least seven people dead and several others injured, including at least one child. The attack was reportedly carried out by a Palestinian outside East Jerusalem.
The BBC reported that a spokesman for the Israeli army said on Saturday that they would reinforce forces in the occupied West Bank.
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The police chased the accused and shot him before he could escape.
US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides condemned the attack in a tweet, calling it a “horrific act of violence”.
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Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassim said the attack was “to reaffirm the continuity of resistance action in all occupied territories and in response to the occupation’s crimes against our people in holy places.” Videos posted online showed Palestinians celebrating the attack as retaliation for Thursday’s deadly missile attack.
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