(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Palestinians armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded many others in a series of terror attacks in Jerusalem and central Israel on Tuesday, which was declared a “day of rage” by Palestinian groups.
The deadly attacks occurred in Jerusalem, when two Palestinian terrorists boarded a bus in the city, one armed with a knife and the other with a gun, and attacked the passengers, killing at least two people and injuring 17 others. One of the assailants was killed, an ambulance service spokesman said, and the other was apprehended by security forces.
Initially, the terrorists locked the bus doors to prevent the passengers from fleeing, but border police managed to break in and neutralize the assailants. Minutes later, another terrorist rammed his car into people waiting at a bus stop in the center of Jerusalem, then got out and began stabbing pedestrians, with some reports suggesting that he used an ax. The terrorist killed at least one and wounded five people, police said. The attacker was killed shortly thereafter. The terrorist, a resident of eastern Jerusalem, was employed by Israel’s Bezeq phone company and used a company car to run over the civilians.
The two attacks in Jerusalem were sandwiched by two additional attacks in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana. The first attack, a stabbing, occurred just before 9 a.m. at a bus stop on the city’s main road. The victim was lightly wounded, and was able to subdue his attacker and hold him. Four people were hurt in the second stabbing attack, in a commercial center in the city. The attacker, a sanitary worker at a nearby hospital, was apprehended.
The main Palestinian factions, including the Western-backed Fatah movement and the Hamas terrorist group, declared a “day of rage” Tuesday across the West Bank, Gaza, and eastern Jerusalem. The leaders of Israel’s Arab community, meanwhile, have called for a commercial strike in their towns and villages.