(DCWatchdog.com) – In a brazen new act of terror against US ally Israel, two terrorists from the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas have opened fire at a bus stop in Jerusalem, leaving many dead and wounded, just as their organization had agreed with the Israeli government to extend the cease-fire in place.
The latest Islamist terrorist act in Israel occurred at about 7:40 a.m. local time on Thursday, National Review reports.
Shortly after Israel and Hamas agreed to prolong their cease-fire by an additional day, two Hamas terrorists attacked a bus stop, leading to the death of at least three Israelis and injuring 13 others.
The death toll from the attack later rose to four, after an Israeli man died of his wounds in hospital. He became the victim of “friendly fire,” as he was firing back at the terrorists but was shot by two Israeli soldiers mistaking him for being a terrorist himself, The Times of Israel reports.
Israeli security forces promptly responded, resulting in the death of the gunmen at the scene.
The terrorist attack occurred against the backdrop of Israel’s ongoing war against Hamas, after, on October 7, the latter invaded the former in a surprise attack from the Gaza Strip and massacred over 1,400 people.
Later on Thursday, Hamas took responsibility for the Jerusalem shooting, declaring it a reaction to the killing of two Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank the previous day.
It also called it a “natural response to the unprecedented occupation crimes” of Israel, and named brothers Murad and Ibrahim al-Nimr as the perpetrators who lost their lives in the attack.
This violent episode occurred just as the cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas was extended by 24 hours, ahead of its 7 a.m. deadline.
The extension was aimed at facilitating the exchange of hostages for Palestinian prisoners and the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
If no further extension is agreed upon, hostilities between the two sides are expected to resume by Friday.
In reaction to this attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel would continue to arm its citizens in the West Bank to counter Hamas militants.
Following six days of the mutual cease-fire, around 143 of the estimated 240 hostages taken in Israel on October 7 still remain in Hamas’s custody, including 132 Israeli citizens. To date, 104 Israelis and foreigners have been released.
Disturbing footage shows the moment gunmen open fired at a bus stop in Jerusalem.
Hamas has claimed responsibility for the shooting, which killed three people and injured 16 more.
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