- Title: Israel tightens security after deadly attack in Jerusalem
- Date: 10th October 2016
- Summary: AL-RAM, WEST BANK (OCTOBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) MAN STANDING OUTSIDE FAMILY HOME OF PALESTINIAN WHO CARRIED OUT SHOOTING ATTACK IN JERUSALEM ON SUNDAY HAMAS FLAGS FLYING PEOPLE WALKING INTO HOUSE MEN SEATED CLOSE OF HANDS OF ASSAILANT'S FATHER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SABAH ABU SUBAIH, FATHER OF PALESTINIAN ASSAILANT, SAYING: "I told the (Israeli) investigator yesterday: you are the reason, because you kept pressing my son until he exploded. You (Israeli forces) kept following my son and he couldn't live normally." FATHER AND MOTHER AT SCENE ASSAILANTS PARENTS SITTING WITH ANOTHER MAN (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOTHER OF PALESTINIAN ASSAILANT, SAYING: "I invited my daughters to come and see their brother, we had a full house. He spent the night with them and told them that he will turn himself in in the morning. He left in the morning and went to turn himself in. That is what we know we do not know what happened after that." PARENTS SEATED WITH GUESTS JERUSALEM (OCTOBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF JERUSALEM'S DAMASCUS GATE VARIOUS OF POLICE MONITORING VARIOUS OF POLICE WALKING THROUGH OLD CITY ALLEYWAY POLICE ON STREET POLICE OVERLOOKING FROM ROOFTOP ISRAELI POLICE SPOKESPERSON, MICKY ROSENFELD, TALKING TO REPORTER CLOSE OF ROSENFELD'S TAG (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI POLICE SPOKESPERSON, MICKY ROSENFELD, SAYING: "Israeli police have heightened security in and around Jerusalem after yesterday's terrorist attack with emphasis on the old city leading up to the fast, the Yom Kippur fast, which is beginning already on Tuesday and finishing on Wednesday. Over 3,500 police officers involved in security measures and operations with different police units, including special patrol units, border police and undercover units that are located in and around the sensitive areas, the old city, with emphasis of course at the Western Wall. And security measures will continue as long as necessary." BUS BEING DRIVEN THROUGH STREET VARIOUS OF POLICE NEAR DAMASCUS GATE ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS WALKING PAST VARIOUS OF POLICE PATROLLING JERUSALEM POLICE VEHICLE BEING DRIVEN AWAY
- Embargoed: 25th October 2016 11:51
- Keywords: Jerusalem Security Violence Palestinian attacker West Bank
- Location: AL-RAM, WEST BANK/ JERUSALEM
- City: AL-RAM, WEST BANK/ JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA00153F9F7R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The parents of a Palestinian man who went on a shooting spree, killing a pedestrian and a police officer in Jerusalem before being shot dead by police, said on Monday (October 10) their son was hassled by the police, which is what led him to carry out the attack.
The incident on Sunday (October 9), near Israel's national police headquarters, began when shots were fired from a vehicle at people waiting at a tram stop, a police spokeswoman said.
The assailant, who the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said was a member of its organisation, then drove off and was shot dead in an exchange of fire with police, she said.
Hamas flags were hanging from the rooftop of the family home in al-Ram in the West Bank.
"I told the (Israeli) investigator yesterday: you are the reason, because you kept pressing my son until he exploded. You (Israeli forces) kept following my son and he couldn't live normally," said Sabah abu Subaih, the attacker's father.
His mother said he was due to start a jail sentence in an Israeli prison.
"He left in the morning and went to turn himself in. That is what we know we do not know what happened after that," she said.
Medical officials said six people were wounded in the attack, and that two of them, a woman and a police officer, died in hospital.
Police identified the assailant as a 39-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem.
A spokeswoman for the Israel Prisons Service said the attacker had been ordered by a court to start a four-month jail sentence next week after being convicted of assaulting a police officer.
Meanwhile, heavy security was present across Jerusalem as preparations were underway for the holiest day of the year for Jews, Yom Kippur, or 'day of atonement'.
Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that more than 3,500 police officers were involved in security measures and operations in Jerusalem, specifically in volatile areas like the Old City and the Western Wall.
In the past year, Palestinians, many acting alone and often with rudimentary weapons, have killed at least 35 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.
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