Death toll in shooting at bus stop in southern Israel rises to three

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Feb 2024

The death toll in a Friday shooting by a Palestinian gunman near the southern town of Kiryat Malakhi rose to three with three others seriously wounded, according to Israeli authorities.

Israeli police
Israeli police search a vehicle the site of a shooting attack at the Masmiya-Re em junction near Kiryat Malakhi in southern Israel, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. AP


Two people who had been brought to the Kaplan Medical Center had been declared dead, a spokeswoman for the facility told AFP after the shooting.

Police said he had been "neutralized" by an Israeli army reservist at the scene.

"We have raised a national level alert," Israel's police chief Kobi Shabtai told reporters at the site, according to AFP.

Kiryat Malakhi is located about 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of the Gaza Strip, where Israel's genocidal war on Gaza has raged for more than four months.

Following the incident, Netanyahu warned that the entire country had become a frontline of war.

The Shin Bet identified the man suspected of the attack in Kiryat Malachi as Fadi Jamjoum, 37.

Jamjoum hails from the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat in occupied east Jerusalem and holds Israeli residency.

The incident comes as Israel continues a deadly crackdown on Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem since the start of its war on the Gaza Strip on 7 October.

Immediately after the attack, Israeli soldiers stormed his home in east Jerusalem and rounded family members for questioning.

"We will continue to fight until total victory, with all our might, on every front, everywhere, until we restore the security and quiet for all citizens of Israel," said a warmongering Netanyahu.

On Sunday evening, there were two stabbing attacks -- one against police in east Jerusalem and the other against troops at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.

The attackers in both incidents were killed while there were no casualties among Israeli security forces.

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