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Shoot-out in Jerusalem leaves two Palestinian killed, one bystander seriously wounded

By Bao Yen - March 10, 2016
Section: [Main News]

Following a string of deadly attacks on Tuesday that left four dead and at least thirteen injured, three Palestinians were killed, one bystander critically wounded yesterday in two separate incidents.

Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians in a shootout outside the Old City's Damascus Gate on Wednesday morning, Haaretz reported.

The incident began when the two Palestinians reportedly opened fire at an Israeli bus near the Ramot Junction in East Jerusalem. The two then fled by car from the scene, without causing any injuries.

The incident sparked an intense manhunt across the area and a shootout was erupted after Israeli police spotted a car that matched the description outside Jerusalem's New Gate.

The two Palestinians were shot dead at the scene while a Palestinian bystander was critically wounded after being shot in the head during the crossfire.

They were identified as 19-year-old Abdul-Malak Saleh Abu Kharoub and 21-year-old Muhammad Jamal al-Kalouti, from Kafr Aqeb, north of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian bystander was identified as Imad Abu Ali, 57, from Jerusalem's Old City. He was later admitted to Hadassah hospital in critical conditions.

Shortly after the incident, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was fatally shot after allegedly trying to stab a soldier at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of al-Zawiya village in the West Bank district of Salfit.

The boy was identified as Ahmad Yousef Amer, 16, from the neighboring village of Masha. No Israelis were reportedly injured during the incident.

Al-Zawiya village was placed under blockade on Tuesday evening after one of its resident was accused of carrying out the stabbing attack a day earlier in Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv.

Israel has implemented heightened security measures as a response to the wave of attacks that took place over the past two days.

31 Palestinians were detained during overnight raids across the West Bank on Wednesday evening, Ma'an news reported. Military blockades have also been enforced in villages of Palestinians alleged of attacks.

The Israeli Prime Minister's Office later announced measures to keep unauthorized Palestinians out of Israel such as closing the gaps in the separation wall around Jerusalem and completing the barrier in Tarqumiya area.

The string of attacks over the past few days coincided with U.S Vice President Joe Biden's two-day visit.

Speaking to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting on Wednesday, Biden highly condemns the recent attacks committed by Palestinians against Israelis on Tuesday that left one American dead, 13 Israelis injured.

"The kind of violence we saw yesterday, the failure to condemn it, the rhetoric that incites that violence, the retribution that it generates, has to stop," Biden said before the meeting.

The U.S Vice President criticized the Palestinian President and the Fatah party for failing to condemn the attacks, while also stressing that Israel cannot end such violence "just by physical forces".

While Abbas and Fatah have remained silent on the issue, other Palestinian factions have applauded the recent string of attacks, calling it "a turning point" in the course of the al-Quds intifada, or Jerusalem uprising, a term describing the series of unrest that began in October last year.



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