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© Ahmad Gharabli, AFP | Israeli security forces cordon off the site of a shooting attack close to the line dividing Jerusalem's mainly Palestinian east from the mostly Jewish west on October 9, 2016.

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-10-09

Two people have died of injuries sustained after an assailant firing from a car shot several people at a tram stop in Jerusalem on Sunday, local media say. The attacker was shot and killed by police.

Haaretz newspaper reported that a 60-year-old woman and a 30-year-old police officer died after being rushed to hospital, while a further six people were being treated for injuries.

The incident, near Israeli national police headquarters, began when shots were fired from a car at people waiting at a tram stop, a police spokeswoman said.

The assailant then drove off, chased by motorcycle police, and shot and wounded a woman motorist, she added.

"When the terrorist spotted the police he fired at them, and they managed to shoot and kill him," she said.

Police identified the assailant as a 39-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem.

In the past year, Palestinians, many acting alone and often with rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 33 Israelis and two visiting Americans in attacks.

During that period, at least 220 Palestinians have died in violent incidents in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Of those, 149 were identified by authorities as assailants while others were killed during clashes and protests.

Israel says anti-Israeli incitement by Palestinian officials and on social media networks is stoking attacks.

Palestinian leaders say assailants are acting out of desperation over the collapse in 2014 of peace talks and the expansion of Israeli settlements on occupied land that Palestinians seek for an independent state.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-10-09

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