New gun attack in east Jerusalem wounds two Israelis after synagogue mass shooting

New gun attack in east Jerusalem wounds two Israelis after synagogue mass shooting
A 13-year-old Palestinian boy opened fire in the Silwan area of east Jerusalem, wounding two Israelis, shortly after a deadly synagogue shooting at an Israeli settlement.
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Much of the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan is now cordoned off [Getty images]

A 13-year-old assailant shot and wounded two Israelis  in occupied east Jerusalem on Saturday, Israeli medics said, hours after a Palestinian gunman killed seven outside a synagogue in one of the deadliest such attacks in years.

The child who carried out the attack was shot by an armed Israeli, but survived and is conscious, Israeli media said.

Israel's Magen David Adom emergency response service identified the victims as two men, a father and son aged 47 and 23, both with "gunshot wounds to their upper body".

The Israeli police had earlier announced 42 arrests in connection with Friday's synagogue attack, which followed a massacre of nine Palestinians in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli forces.

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Friday's synagogue shooting unfolded as Alkam Khairi, a 21-year-old resident of Israeli-occupied east Jerusalem, drove up to a synagogue in the settlement of Neve Yaakov and opened fire on worshippers.

It came a day after one of the deadliest Israeli military raids in the occupied West Bank in roughly two decades, which took the lives of 9 Palestinians including an elderly woman. At least 32 Palestinians have been killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank this month.

Following the synagogue shooting, crowds shouted "Death to Arabs" - a chant popularised by extremist Israeli national security minister Itamar Ben Gvir - as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the scene of the synagogue attack late Friday.

Several Arab nations that have ties with Israel, including Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, condemned the synagogue shooting.

The United States and the United Kingdom rushed to condemn the "absolutely horrific" attack.

They did not use similar language regarding Israeli violence against Palestinians.

"Our commitment to Israel's security remains ironclad, and we are in direct touch with our Israeli partners," State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.

Just hours earlier, Washington had urged "de-escalation" over the West Bank military raids and rocket fire from Gaza rocket fire.

At least 146 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military in the West Bank in 2022, according to figures from the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, making 2022 the deadliest year for Palestinians in the occupied territory since 2005.