“Five declared deaths at the scene, three victims transported to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital, including a 70-year-old in critical condition, a 20-year-old in serious condition, and a 14-year-old in moderate to severe condition,” a statement said. of the emergency body, which accounts for three other injured people.
“The terrorist who fired was neutralized at the scene,” the Israeli Police reported.
The incident occurred in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where a large police force has been deployed, the same source added.
After the attack, the Islamist Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip de facto, celebrated the attack through the loudspeakers of the mosques, but without taking credit for it. Gunshots were also heard in the air in the coastal enclave as numerous motorists honked their horns shouting “God is great.”
Israel calls Jerusalem attack ‘terrorist’
The Israeli police described the attack as “terrorist”, a term that in Israel is usually used for any attack committed by Palestinians for nationalist reasons, although the identity of the attacker has not yet been revealed.
This incident comes amid an escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This Friday Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the launch of several rockets from the coastal enclave, a day after ten Palestinians were killed in the occupied West Bank at the hands of Israeli forces, nine of them during a military raid on the refugee camp. from Jenin.