Five Americans Among Those Shot By Palestinian Terrorist

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Kay Smythe News and Commentary Writer
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A Palestinian terrorist shot eight people Sunday including five Americans traveling on a bus in Jerusalem.

A pregnant woman and a family of four were amongst those shot by a Palestinian terrorist in a parking lot near the Western Wall on Sunday, the New York Post reported. The gunman turned himself into the police after initially fleeing the scene, prompting a pursuit from Shin Bet and IDF, as well as a helicopter from the Israel Police aerial unit, CNN reported.

He was described as Palestinian but holds Israeli citizenship, the outlet noted. A spokesperson for Hamas praised the attack, calling it a “heroic operation” against “the arrogance of the occupation’s soldiers and extremist settlers,” The Washington Post reported.

Seven of the eight individuals shot by the suspect were hospitalized, two in critical condition, the outlet continued. Another individual is currently in critical condition after being shot in the head and neck, and may also be an American citizen, the NY Post noted.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides confirmed on Twitter that five Americans were among the wounded, noting that he was “deeply saddened” by the attack. (RELATED: Decomposing Body Reportedly Found With Biohazard Material, Possible Weapons Of Mass Destruction Plan)

The attack comes just a week after Israel targeted three militants in the West Bank after clashing with Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

“I’m horrified by the terror attack in Jerusalem, and by the news that a family of New Yorkers has been impacted,” Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul tweeted Sunday, “My team is making contact with @StateDept to assist however possible. We condemn terror and stand with the Israeli people as they seek peace.”