Israel rocked by wave of terror attacks; deaths reported & dozens injured

Israel has witnessed a spate of terror attacks on Tuesday morning in Jerusalem, Raanana and Haifa. At least three people have been killed and scores injured in attacks in the Israeli capital and Raanana, Haaretz is reporting.

The most serious attack took place in Armon HaNatziv area of Jerusalem, where two terrorists reportedly entered a bus with one opening fire on commuters and the other using a knife. They were shot dead by a police officer who was at the scene.

At least 16 people were wounded and eight are in serious condition, while Haaretz is reporting that two of the victims have died. One of the attackers was killed by police, while the other is in a serious condition.

The Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat says he has asked the Israeli security forces to close the city’s Arab neighborhoods to try and limit the violence.

Upon visiting the scene of the deadly bus attack at Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, he said: “We shouldn’t allow them to enter … the lives of the residents of Jerusalem are more important than anything else.”

The Israeli Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel has joined those who are calling for more restrictions to be imposed on those living in East Jerusalem.

“The security forces must take resolute action in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods… The residents of East Jerusalem must understand that they cannot lead a normal life while terrorism continues on the streets of Israel,” he said, as cited by Haaretz.

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Unlike those living in the West Bank, Palestinians in East Jerusalem are able to travel into Israel without any restrictions.

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In a separate attack in the Israeli capital on Malkei Israel Street, an Israeli male has died after an attacker drove a car into a bus stop. The suspect left the vehicle and began to stab passers-by. The attacker was subsequently shot by police.

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