According to reports and officials, five Americans – including a family from Brooklyn – were among the eight victims of a mass shooting Sunday morning in Jerusalem.
Two of the US citizens are being cared for at Hadassah Medical Center and three at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, CNN reported.
Four of the five American victims belonged to a family from Williamsburg, Brooklyn — home to a large Hasidic Jewish population — who arrived in Israel on Wednesday, according to Yeshiva World News.
Early Sunday, a gunman opened fire on a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City, wounding eight Israelis, police and medics said.
Two of the victims were in serious condition, according to Israeli hospitals, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck.
The shooting happened while the bus was parked in a parking lot near the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.
The attack in Jerusalem comes after Israeli planes launched an offensive against the Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip last weekend, sparking three days of intense cross-border fighting.
Islamic Jihad, in turn, fired hundreds of rockets during the flare-up, killing two of its commanders and other militants. Israel said the attack was aimed at preventing 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.
In response to Sunday’s shooting, US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides wrote “deeply saddened to confirm that Americans were injured in this attack.”
“I have spoken to the families and will keep them in my prayers,” he added the twitter post.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was “appalled” by the shooting.
“I am appalled by the terrorist attack in Jerusalem and the news that a New York family has been affected,” she says tweeted.
“My team will be in touch @StateDept to help in any way possible. We condemn terrorism and stand with the Israeli people as they seek peace.”
The alleged gunman is an Israeli citizen from east Jerusalem who was born in 1996, CNN reported, citing a security source. He is a Palestinian resident of Silwan, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, the New York Times reported, citing an Israeli channel.
Hours later, the suspect turned himself in to authorities. said Israeli Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai.
A Hamas spokesman praised the “heroic operation” against the “arrogance of the occupying soldiers and extremist settlers,” according to the Washington Post, but the group took no responsibility for it.
With postal wires
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