Two more shooting attacks in Jerusalem as Biden visits


Israeli emergency personnel and security forces gather around the body of an attacker at the scene of a shooting attack outside Jerusalem’s Old City’s New Gate, on March 9, 2016 (AFP Photo/Ahmad Gharabli)

Jerusalem – Two Palestinians fired on a bus in Jerusalem on Wednesday before fleeing and again opening fire outside the Old City, leaving one person seriously wounded, Israeli police said.

Both attackers were shot and killed by police, hospital officials and security forces said.

The shootings were the latest in a string of attacks coinciding with US Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival on Tuesday.

The first shooting occurred in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of northern Jerusalem, police said. A driver returned fire at the assailants before they fled.

Later outside Jerusalem’s Old City, they opened fire again, seriously wounding a 50-year-old man. Medics said the victim may have been a Palestinian from east Jerusalem.

The two assailants were then shot by police.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian went on a stabbing spree along the Tel Aviv waterfront, killing an American tourist and wounding 12 people.

Around a 15-minute walk from where the stabbings took place, Biden met Israel’s former president Shimon Peres.

Three other assaults occurred on Tuesday, including two in Jerusalem and one in Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv.

Violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since last October has killed 187 Palestinians and 28 Israelis.

Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.

Others were shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes or demonstrations.

Source: AFP