TEL AVIV – An Arab-Israeli terrorist opened fire on Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill on Sunday morning, wounding at least seven people with two in critical condition, the Israel Police reported.
The assailant, who has been identified as 39-year-old Mousabah Abu Sabih, drove a car by police headquarters before opening fire and hitting a civilian. The suspect fled in the direction of the Arab neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, shooting a woman in a passing car.
Police near the scene gave chase on motorcycles and Abu Sabih opened fire on them, critically wounding one officer. Other officers returned fire, neutralizing the terrorist.
According to Israel’s emergency service Magen David Adom, seven people were wounded in the attack.
A 60-year-old woman was taken to hospital in critical condition after sustaining a shot in her upper body.
A 30-year-old police officer was in serious condition, MDA said. Three other civilians were moderately wounded and a further two sustained light injuries.
Police cordoned off the area and, according to civilian reports, set up road blocks in the area to search for additional suspects.
Abu Sabih is an Arab with Israeli citizenship from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
The Jerusalem Light Rail, which had a station near the scene of the attack, temporarily suspended all services.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the attack was “a natural reaction to the continued crimes of the occupation against Palestinians and the al-Aqsa Mosque.”
The Gaza-based terror group has not claimed responsibility for the attack.