Pales­tinian gun­man wounds six Israelis in at­tack near mar­ket

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

A Pales­tinian opened fire and stabbed shop­pers with a screwdriver near a busy open air mar­ket in cen­tral Is­rael on Thurs­day, wound­ing at least six peo­ple, po­lice said.

Spokesman Micky Rosen­feld said po­lice con­firmed it was a “ter­ror at­tack” and that the 18-year-old Pales­tinian from the West Bank was ar­rested soon af­ter the shoot­ing in Pe­tah Tikva. Is­raeli me­dia re­ported that the Pales­tinian at­tacker fired at a bus and to­ward shop­pers buying gro­ceries at the mar­ket ahead of the Jewish Sab­bath, be­fore run­ning down the street. He con­tin­ued shoot­ing as civil­ians gave chase.

The Ynet news site said he fled into a re­pair shop for sewing ma­chines, where passers-by tack­led him. They threw a sewing ma­chine and chairs at the at­tacker and sub­dued him be­fore po­lice de­tained him. The site pub­lished a photo of a blood- stained sewing ma­chine from the scene. The Pales­tinian stabbed an Is­raeli in the neck with a screwdriver in the strug­gle.

Is­rael’s am­bu­lance ser­vice said a man and a woman in their 50s and a woman in her 30s were treated for bul­let wounds to their lower bod­ies. A 40-year-old man was stabbed in his up­per body, it said.

At least six peo­ple were wounded, said po­lice spokesman Ami Ben David.

Since 2015, Pales­tinian at­tack­ers have car­ried out nu­mer­ous stab­bings, shoot­ings and as­saults us­ing cars, killing 41 Israelis and two vis­it­ing Amer­i­cans. Dur­ing the same pe­riod, Is­raeli forces have killed 235 Pales­tini­ans. Is­rael says most of the Pales­tini­ans killed were at­tack­ers while oth­ers died in clashes with Is­raeli forces.

Is­rael says the blood­shed is fu­eled by a Pales­tinian cam­paign of in­cite­ment, com­pounded by social me­dia sites glo­ri­fy­ing at­tack­ers and en­cour­ag­ing vi­o­lence. Pales­tini­ans say it stems from frus­tra­tion over decades of Is­raeli rule in ter­ri­tory they claim for a state.

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