Eight Killed, Ten Wounded In Jerusalem Synagogue "Terror Attack"

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jan 27, 2023 - 09:45 PM

Eight people were killed and ten more wounded when a gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, according to the official Twitter account of the Israel Foreign Ministry. 

AP News said the gunman was Palestinian. Police said the attacker was "neutralized" by security forces while attempting to flee the scene. 

US State Department spokesman Vedant Patel condemned the deadly attack, calling it "absolutely horrific." 

"We condemn this apparent terrorist attack in the strongest terms. Our commitment to Israel's security remains ironclad, and we are in direct touch with our Israeli partners," Patel told reporters. 

The attack came amid soaring tensions between Israel–Palestine, some of the worst in years. Thursday was the deadliest day in the occupied West Bank in two decades after Israeli armed forces raided a building in Jenin and killed nine people. In response, rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza. The Palestinian Authority halted all security coordination with Israel. 

On Friday, Israeli Defence Force said fighter jets bombed Gaza, targeting what's believed to be a military base and an underground rocket manufacturing plant operated by Hamas. 

The eruption in violence comes ahead of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's weekend visit to Israel and the West Bank.