Eight people were injured when a bus was shot near the Western Wall in Jerusalem

A gunman opened fire on a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in a suspected Palestinian attack that came a week after violence flared up between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, police and medics said.

Two of the victims were in serious condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to the Israeli hospitals treating them.

The shooting happened while the bus was waiting in a parking lot near the Western Wall, the holiest place for Jews to pray.

Israel Police said forces were dispatched to investigate the scene. Israeli security forces also entered the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan and pursued the suspected attacker.

Later Sunday, police said the alleged attacker turned himself in. Police did not immediately release details about the identity of the alleged attacker.

Volunteers clean blood from the scene of the shooting near Jerusalem's Old City on August 14, 2022.
Volunteers clean blood from the scene of the shooting near Jerusalem’s Old City on August 14, 2022.
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Israeli security forces inspect a bus following an attack on the bus outside Jerusalem's Old City August 14, 2022.
Israeli security forces inspect a bus following an attack on the bus outside Jerusalem’s Old City August 14, 2022.
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The attack in Jerusalem was followed by a tense week between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Last weekend, Israeli planes launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip against the Islamic Jihad militant group, sparking three days of intense cross-border fighting. Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets during the flare-up to retaliate for airstrikes that killed two of its commanders and other militants. Israel said the attack was intended to thwart threats by the group to respond to the arrest of one of its officers in the occupied West Bank.

The fighting, which ended in an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire, killed 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, and wounded several hundred. No Israeli was killed or seriously injured.

An Israeli police officer checks a blood-stained cloth on a bus after the incident in Jerusalem August 14, 2022.
An Israeli police officer checks a blood-stained cloth on a bus after the incident in Jerusalem August 14, 2022.
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The militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has remained on the sidelines.

A day after the ceasefire ended the worst fighting in Gaza in more than a year, Israeli forces killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shootout that broke out during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.

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