Bus in Jerusalem attacked on Palestinian 'Day of Rage'

(AGI) Rome, Oct 13 - Another wave of Palestinian attacks onTuesday spread terror in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel onthe 'Day of Rage'. The tally for Israelis is at least threedead and over a dozen wounded, while two Palestinian attackerswere shot dead. Hamas "blessed" the attacks. Israeli PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of his securitycabinet. Twenty-thousand Arab Israelis took to the streets inthe northern city of Sakhnin to show their solidarity for thePalestinian cause. Israeli police announced a plan to containthe violence and Jerusalem's Mayor, Nir Barkat, requested the

(AGI) Rome, Oct 13 - Another wave of Palestinian attacks onTuesday spread terror in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel onthe 'Day of Rage'. The tally for Israelis is at least threedead and over a dozen wounded, while two Palestinian attackerswere shot dead. Hamas "blessed" the attacks. Israeli PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting of his securitycabinet. Twenty-thousand Arab Israelis took to the streets inthe northern city of Sakhnin to show their solidarity for thePalestinian cause. Israeli police announced a plan to containthe violence and Jerusalem's Mayor, Nir Barkat, requested themilitary seal off Arab neighbourhoods and the surroundingvillages. Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) closedthe Erez crossing from the Gaza Strip to Israel, where clashesalso occurred. The outbreak of attacks began early on Tuesdaymorning with a stabbing in Raanana, just north of Tel Aviv,followed by two attacks in Jerusalem and a fourth and final oneagain in Raanana. In Jerusalem, two Palestinian men armed withknives and a gun boarded a bus in the Armon Hanatzineighbourhood, targeting numerous passengers before policemanaged to stop them, killing one and wounding the other. A60-year-old passenger was killed and four people werehospitalised, with one in serious condition. Sixteen peoplewere injured in total. A short while later in another area ofJerusalem, a man rammed his car against a bus stop, then exitedthe vehicle and attacked passersby until he was eventuallysubdued. One Israeli was killed and four sustained slightinjuries. In Raanana, the first attack of the day left one maninjured before the aggressor was stopped, while four peoplewere injured, one seriously, in another attack anhour-and-a-half later. Another stabbing was reported in Haifa,near the Ikea store in Kiriat Ata, but it may have been aretaliation attempt against the wrong target: the Israeliassailant attacked a fellow national, mistaking him for one ofthe store's many Palestinian workers. The Israeli government iscurrently assessing whether to cordon off Arab neighbourhoodsin Jerusalem, from which Palestinians have been able to comeand go freely since the annexation in 1967. The measure would,however, also implicitly entail a division of the Holy City,which Israel has always rejected. (AGI).