Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Tuesday: Four Palestinians, one US tourist dead, 12 wounded after four Palestinian attacks
Ambulances after the shooting in Jerusalem.
Four Palestinians were shot dead after they allegedly carried out separate attacks in Israel and occupied East Jerusalem, killing one tourist from the U.S. and wounding at least 12 others, on Tuesday morning, afternoon and evening.
In the first deadly encounter, shortly before 5 p.m., Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said a Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli man near Petah Tikva, around seven miles east of Tel Aviv.Al-Samri said that an "Arab terrorist" stabbed a Jewish Israeli in his mid-30s "in the upper part of his body," leaving him with light to moderate injuries.Israeli police forces arrived on the scene and shot dead the Palestinian, she said, adding that Israeli forces closed the area for investigation.
Minutes later, another Palestinian was shot dead after allegedly firing gunshots at Israeli police forces near Salah al-Din Street in occupied East Jerusalem, injuring two Israeli officers.Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said two Israeli policemen were wounded when a Palestinian shot them with an automatic weapon.
A spokesperson for Hadassah hospital later said both Israeli officers had been hit in the head. One of them, aged 47, was in critical condition, fighting for his life, while the other, 31, was in moderate condition.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Israeli police reported a third attack near the port in the Israeli city of Jaffa, with a Palestinian shot dead after he stabbed to death one tourist wounded at least nine others. Israeli emergency services Magen David Adom (MDA) said five people were seriously injured and four moderately. A spokesperson said that the Palestinian attacker had stabbed the Israelis while running along a path near the port. He said MDA was still evacuating the victims.
The incidents followed a fourth deadly encounter on Tuesday, when a Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli border police officers after she allegedly attempted to stab them in Jerusalem's Old City.Police opened fire on the women, identified as 50-year-old Fadwa Ahmad Abu Teir, when she allegedly pulled out a knife. No Israeli injuries were reported.
Since a wave of unrest swept Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October last year, more than 180 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israelis. Israel says the majority of those killed were attempting to attack Israelis when they were shot, although Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel's version of events in a number of cases.During that same period, attacks by Palestinians have left nearly 30 Israelis dead.