#AceNewsServices – JERUSALEM – Nov.18 – Four people have been killed and at least 6 wounded when two assailants attacked worshippers with knives and axes in synagogue in North Jerusalem in the morning.
Israeli police say both attackers were shot dead on the spot by officers. Spokeswoman Luba Samri described the incident as a“terrorist attack,” according to AP.
Israeli media reports range from three to six dead in the incident.
Update Israel: Synagogue at 5 Agassi Street in Har Nof area of Jerusalem. Some Photos of the Shooting scene. pic.twitter.com/6f7qNaKRk0
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Israel’s ambulance service spokesman Magen David Adom told Army Radio that medics were so far treating three people, one critically injured, while more wounded remained on the scene.
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The attacked synagogue is situated on Agasi Street, in the ultra-Orthodox Had Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
“We were praying in synagogue in the morning, we heard gunshots from downstairs… one shot, two shots and then a flurry of shots,” a witness who was inside the building told AP.
The attackers were reportedly Palestinian menfrom east Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israel is going to ‘respond harshly’ to this latest terror attack.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.
“The presidency condemns the attack on Jewish worshipers in their place of prayer and condemns the killing of civilians, no matter who is doing it,” Reuters cited Abbas’s office as saying in a statement.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been running particularly high over the last two weeks after the EU’s newly-appointed foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, called for the establishment of a Palestinian state in the next few years.
Spanish MPs are expected to vote in support of a Palestinian state on November 18.
Last weekend Israeli Haaretz revealed a secret EU document that Israel could soon face sanctionsfrom Brussels if Tel Aviv makes any further attempts to pose obstacles to a two-state solution with occupied Palestine.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s reply to that was that Israel will never stop its settlement constructions in occupied East Jerusalem.
On Monday the conflict escalated even further as a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside his vehicle at a depot in Jerusalem, with the Israeli police saying the man committed suicide, while the driver’s family claim he was lynched by Israelis.
Source: RT – AP – Reuters – Haaretz