Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel would respond strongly to the shootings in Jerusalem. Photo/DW
TEL AVIV – Prime Minister (PM) Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to respond forcefully and quickly to two separate attacks by residents Palestine in Jerusalem in the last two days.
Ahead of a security cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he would seek new measures to “fight terror”.
“Our response will be strong, swift and appropriate,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu called for Israelis to remain calm and urged residents to allow security forces to do their job, while the military said additional troops would be deployed in the occupied West Bank.
“I call again on all Israelis – don’t take the law into your own hands,” Netanyahu said.
He thanked several world leaders – including US President Joe Biden – for their support.
His comments came after Israeli police said a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was behind a shooting in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood on Saturday that left an Israeli father and son seriously injured.
An Israeli police spokesman earlier said the attackers ambushed five people while they were praying, leaving two in a “critical condition”. The 13-year-old was shot and injured by a passer-by and is being held in hospital.
In a separate shooting Friday at a synagogue in East Jerusalem, seven people were killed and at least three others injured as they gathered to pray at the start of the Jewish Sabbath. The gunman was shot dead at the scene.
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