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Jerusalem shooting: 8 wounded as gunman fires at bus near Western Wall



The scene of a shooting early Sunday near the Old City of Jerusalem.Credit...Maya Alleruzzo/Associated Press

A gunman has opened fire on a bus near the Old City of Jerusalem, wounding eight people, including a pregnant woman, in a terrorist attack that comes a week after fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip left 49 Palestinians dead.

Two people are in a serious condition after the pre-dawn shooting spree on Sunday. The pregnant woman’s baby was delivered by emergency caesarean section after she suffered abdominal wounds, and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck also remains in hospital, according to doctors treating them.

A family of four from the US who had been waiting for a taxi were among the casualties, according to Israeli media. The US ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, confirmed that several American citizens were among the wounded, but did not disclose details, citing privacy concerns.

Local media reported that suspect Amir Sidawi, a 26-year-old resident of occupied East Jerusalem, targeted a public bus as the driver was helping a disabled woman board at a bus station near the Green Line which divides the holy city. He also shot at passing cars and pedestrians further up the street.

“I was coming from the Western Wall. The bus was full of passengers,” driver Daniel Kanievsky told reporters in front of his bullet-riddled vehicle.

“I stopped at the station of the Tomb of David. At this moment, the shooting started. I saw two people outside falling, two inside were bleeding. Everybody panicked.”

After the suspect fled on foot to the nearby neighbourhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, Israeli security forces sealed a large area and launched a manhunt using helicopters.

Later on Sunday, police said Sidawi turned himself in after arriving at a police station in a taxi. He had reportedly been worried about consequences for his family after three relatives, including his mother, were arrested in the wake of the attack.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, the Israeli prime minister, Yair Lapid, said the suspect had operated alone and that he had previously been arrested by Israeli police. The caretaker leader had earlier warned in a statement that “all those who seek us harm should know that they will pay a price”.

Israeli investigators inspect the bus after the shooting. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

The Jerusalem shootings come a week after the end of a three-day conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second largest militant group in the blockaded Gaza Strip after Hamas.

A surprise Israeli offensive, which the country said was meant to thwart threats from the group to respond to the arrest of a senior commander in the occupied West Bank, was met with retaliatory rocket fire from Islamic Jihad targeting southern Israel.

Forty-nine Palestinians, including 17 children and 14 militants, were killed and several hundred injured in the fighting, which ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. No Israeli was killed or seriously injured, and the conflict did not spiral into all-out war because Hamas, which controls the strip, decided to stay on the sidelines.

On Monday, a day after the truce, Israeli troops also killed three Palestinian militants and wounded dozens of people in a shootout that erupted during an arrest raid in the West Bank city of Nablus.

In a statement, Hamas praised Sunday’s shootings in Jerusalem, calling it a “heroic operation” without claiming responsibility.

Tariq Izz a-Din, a member of Islamic Jihad, called the attack “the reaction to the Israeli aggression against Gaza”.

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President Joe Biden tumbles, falls during graduation ceremony



President Joe Biden took a face-first tumble on Thursday after tripping over an obstacle on stage at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he appeared unhurt.

Biden, 80, who had delivered the commencement address to graduates of the military academy, had just shaken hands with a cadet and begun walking back to his seat when he fell.

Air Force personnel helped him back up and he did not appear to require further help.

As he rose, Biden pointed to the object that had apparently caught his foot. It resembled a small black sandbag on the stage.

White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt tweeted shortly afterward that “he’s fine. There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands.”

Biden is the oldest person ever in the presidency and is seeking a second term in the 2024 election. His official doctor’s report this year declared him physically fit and he exercises regularly.

In November 2020, shortly after winning his election against the incumbent Donald Trump, Biden broke his foot while playing with a pet dog.


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Good sex secret to my long life — 102-year-old woman



•102-Years Old Joyce Jackman
A 102-year-old British woman, identified as Joyce Jackman, has attributed her longevity to good sex.

Jackman, who celebrated her 102nd birthday on May 9, stated that “good sex and good sherry” leads to long-term satisfaction, NY Post reports.

According to her, a combination of both has helped her live for over a century.

Speaking about her birthday celebration, the centenarian said, “I had such a lovely day.

“I can’t believe I’m 102. It must be all the chocolate I eat that’s helped!”

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Arrested Asiana Airlines passenger gives reason for opening plane door midair



The Asiana Airlines plane landed at Daegu with its door open

A man who opened an emergency exit on an Asiana Airlines flight in mid-air felt “suffocated” and wanted to get off quickly, South Korean police said on Saturday.

The plane was carrying nearly 200 passengers as it approached the runway on Friday at Daegu International Airport, about 240 kilometres (149 miles) southeast of Seoul, on a domestic flight.

When the plane was around 200 meters (650 feet) above ground, the man who police said was in his 30s without providing further details, opened the exit door.

The passenger was taken in by Daegu police for questioning and told officers he had been “under stress after losing a job recently”.

“He felt the flight was taking longer than it should have been and felt suffocated inside the cabin,” a Daegu police detective told AFP.

“He wanted out quickly”.

The passenger faces up to 10 years in prison for violating aviation safety laws.

A video clip shot by a nearby passenger showed wind ripping through the open door, with fabric seat-backs and passengers’ hair flapping wildly as some people shouted in surprise.

Another video shared on social media showed passengers sitting in the emergency exit row next to an open door being buffeted by strong winds.

A dozen passengers were taken to hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties but there were no major injuries or damage, according to the transport ministry.

“It was chaos with people close to the door appearing to faint one by one and flight attendants calling out for doctors on board,” a 44-year-old passenger told Yonhap.

“I thought the plane was blowing up. I thought I was going to die like this.”

A transport ministry official told AFP that this was “the first such incident” they were aware of in Korean aviation history.

Experts say South Korea’s aviation industry has a solid safety record

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