Jerusalem terrorist attacks leave one Israeli dead; Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour truce

Two terrorist attacks left one Israeli dead and several wounded in Jerusalem on Monday. The first attack, which took place around 1:30 p.m., occurred after a man driving a digger used his vehicle to flip over a public bus, killing one and wounding five others. Just several hours later, a gunman on a motorcycle opened fire on a hitchhiking station near Hebrew University, severely wounding an Israeli soldier. The gunman fled the scene.

According to Haaretz, the assailant in the digger attack, Naif Jabis, drove his vehicle out of a construction site, hit a 25-year-old passerby, before turning toward a nearby square. After driving several meters further, he used the digger’s arm to flip over the bus. This is the first attack of its kind since July 2008, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem killed three and wounded dozens when he drove a bulldozer into a bus in central Jerusalem.

Police cordon off area after a Palestinian man rams digger into a public bus in Jerusalem. (photo:
Police cordon off area after a Palestinian man rams digger into a public bus in Jerusalem. (photo:

Both Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza agreed Monday night to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire, starting at 8 a.m. An Israeli delegation will head for Cairo for talks on a more permanent ceasefire agreementMeanwhile, both Spain and Britain announced that they would temporarily freeze arms exports to Israel over Operation Protective Edge.

The unilateral truce was announced as worldwide outrage spiked over an Israeli strike near a UN school on Sunday that killed 10 people.

A total of 21 Palestinians were killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza Monday, including three children. According to the United Nations, more than 1,865 Palestinians have been killed in the operation, the vast majority of whom are civilians. Sirens sounded across the south as rockets and mortars shot from the Gaza Strip continued to explode in Israeli territory.

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