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Shooting in Jerusalem synagogue: 7 dead; Israeli authorities arrested 42 suspects

On January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, a mass shooting took place in a synagogue in East Jerusalem. The police arrested 42 people. The edition told in more detail with the BBC.

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The deadliest such attack in recent years left seven people dead and at least three injured.

In addition, two people were injured on Saturday 28 January in a separate attack outside the Old City.

Israeli police said the shooter involved in Saturday's attack was a 13-year-old boy.

Authorities said he was "neutralized" but gave no further details.

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The attack took place in the Silwan area, near the Old City of Jerusalem. Both father and son were injured, police said, and are in "moderate to severe condition."

In response to the two attacks, the authorities deployed counterterrorism unit officers in the Jerusalem area to "react rapidly to exceptional events, if necessary."

The man who attacked the synagogue on January 27 was identified by local media as a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, who was described by police as a "terrorist".

During his speech at the scene, Israeli Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai called it "one of the worst attacks we've experienced in years."

Israeli worshipers gathered for prayer at the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath at a synagogue near the city of Neve Yaakov and were about to leave when, at approximately 20:15 pm local time, an armed man opened fire.

Police said officers then shot him dead.

The Palestinian authorities reacted to the attack but did not say that any of their members were responsible.

Tensions rose after an Israeli military raid on Jenin in the West Bank on January 26 killed nine Palestinians, both militants and civilians.

This was followed by a rocket attack on Israel from Gaza, to which Israel responded with airstrikes.

The synagogue shooting took place on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which commemorates the six million Jews and other victims killed during the Holocaust by the Nazi regime in Germany.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley tweeted: “Attacking worshipers in a synagogue on Holocaust Remembrance Day and Shabbat is appalling. We support our Israeli friends."

The White House said that US President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and offered all "appropriate means of support."

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Shortly after the tragic events, Netanyahu visited the scene of the incident, as did the controversial far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.

An Israeli military spokesman said they are building up their forces in the West Bank.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is "deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence in Israel," the spokesman said.

“The moment has come to show maximum restraint,” Stéphane Dujarric said.

Israel received East Jerusalem after the 1967 Middle East War and considers the entire city to be its capital. The Palestinians proclaim East Jerusalem as the future capital of their independent state.

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