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US says five Americans wounded in al-Quds shooting attack

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Israeli forces inspect a bus after an attack outside the Old City of occupied al-Quds on August 14, 2022. (Photo by AFP)

The US State Department says at least five Americans were among those wounded when an attack occurred outside the Israeli-occupied al-Quds. 

On Sunday, an attacker opened fire on a bus carrying settlers and a vehicle outside the Old City of al-Quds. The Israeli police said the gunman presented himself voluntarily after an hours-long manhunt.

At least eight people were injured, including five Americans, during the attack, according to a statement released by State Department spokesperson Ned Price later in the day.

“Our Ambassador to Israel and US officials in Jerusalem (al-Quds) are in touch with the families of the US citizen victims, to whom we have offered our sympathies and support,” Price said in his statement.

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, reacted to the al-Quds operation, describing it as a natural reaction by Palestinians to acts of aggression committed by Israeli settlers and their daily crimes against “our people, our land, and our sacred places.”

“The occupiers’ suppressive measures and intensification of security measures against our people in al-Quds will not weaken their resolve,” Hamas Spokesperson Fawzi Barhum said.

As many as 74 Palestinians, including 37 children, have been killed so far this year, many as a result of the use of lethal force by the Israeli authorities in a manner described by the UN Human Rights Office as a violation of international human rights law.

Speaking on Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, condemned the widespread use of live ammunition by the Israeli forces during operations across the occupied West Bank, including East al-Quds, that had “led to an alarming increase in Palestinian fatalities.”

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