JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Eight people were injured in the horrific shooting attack near a bus making its way from the Western Wall towards western Jerusalem at 1:20 AM on Saturday night. The terrorist, Amir Sidawi, a 26-year-old East Jerusalem Arab, was apprehended by security forces a few hours after he opened fire at passersby near the bus and on the bus.
Two of the injured are in serious, life-threatening condition. A pregnant woman who was shot in the stomach has undergone an emergency birth at the Shaarei Tzedek hospital. The baby is in serious but stable condition and the mother is still in serious condition.
A man in his 60’s suffered head and neck injuries and is sedated and ventilated. Doctors are considering operating on him to improve his situation. His name for prayers is Yehoshua Hersh Ben Sarah and his son, who was also injured in the attack, is Baruch Bendet Ben Chana Gittel. The two are tourists from New York who had come to pray at the tomb of David.
Four other people injured in the attack are still in hospital with varying injuries.
Menachem Palas, who was injured in the attack, recalled the terrifying moments. “I was at the Kotel, I got on a number 3 bus and sat next to the window. Suddenly I heard gunfire and saw that a window was broken. I immediately lay down on the ground. Everyone screamed and there were babies on the bus. It was really fast. A bullet went through my back and I didn’t feel anything, maybe due to adrenalin, but I saw blood. In the hospital they found the bullet.
“I came to the Kotel to pray, I’m with Taglit (Birthright) from New York. I heard about these attacks but never believed it would happen to me.”
A member of the US embassy responded to the shooting attack and confirmed that US citizens had been injured in the incident.
“We are shocked and pained by the attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem,” the official said. “We sharply condemn all terror activities and activities which escalate tensions. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and we wish them a speedy recovery.”