Eight Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian attack

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Eight Israelis wounded in suspected Palestinian attack

A gunman opened fire in a bus near Jerusalem's Old City early on Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in a suspected Palestinian attack a week after violence flared between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said.

According to Israeli hospitals treating the victims, two of the victims were in serious serious condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck.

The bus waited in a parking lot near the Western Wall, which is considered the holiest site where Jews can pray.

Israeli security forces pushed into the nearby Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan pursuing the suspected attacker.

The Jerusalem shooting followed a tense week between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. Israeli aircraft last weekend launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip targeting Islamic Jihad, a militant group, and set off three days of fierce cross-border fighting.

During the flare-up, Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets in order to avenge the air strikes that killed two of its commanders and other militants.

Israel said the attack was meant to thwart threats from the group to respond to the arrest of one of its officials in the occupied West Bank.

Forty-nine Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, were killed and several hundred injured in the fighting, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. No Israeli was seriously injured or killed.

Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, stayed on the sidelines.

Israel killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens in a shoot-off that took place on the West Bank city of Nablus on the day after the ceasefire ended the worst round of Gaza fighting in more than a year.