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Palestinian teen charged over Jerusalem Central Bus Station stabbing

Police allege suspect posted expressions of solidarity with Hamas on social media before carrying out terror attack that moderately wounded 2

Police and rescue personnel at the scene of a terror attack at the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, September 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Police and rescue personnel at the scene of a terror attack at the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, September 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A Palestinian teenager was indicted Thursday for allegedly stabbing two people in a terror attack outside the Jerusalem Central Bus Station earlier this month.

Basil Shawamra, a 17-year-old from the Hebron area, is accused of stabbing two people in a store next to the bus station on September 13, moderately wounding them. He was shot by a police officer as he fought with one of the victims and hospitalized in serious condition.

According to a police statement, Shawamra entered Israel with a friend earlier that day after telling family he was going to pick up his salary. Once in Jerusalem, he came to the bus station via the light rail from the French Hill neighborhood.

Before allegedly carrying out the attack, the suspect published posts on social media praising terrorism and expressing solidarity with Hamas, according to police.

He was charged with attempted murder, identifying with a terror group and incitement to terror.

Police said prosecutors would ask the Jerusalem District Court to keep Shawamra in custody until the end of legal proceedings.

Both the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups praised the attack at the time, linking it to an uptick in violent incidents sparked by the escape of six security prisoners from an Israeli prison, all of whom have since been recaptured.

The scene of a stabbing attack outside the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem on September 13, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian woman was shot dead as she attempted to stab police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to police. No officers were injured in the attack.

The Palestinian woman was said to be roughly 30 years old, from the town of Qabatiya, outside Jenin, in the northern West Bank. It was not immediately clear how she entered Israel.

Qabatiya and the entire Jenin area have seen a significant rise in violence in recent months, including earlier on Thursday when a Palestinian gunman — allegedly a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group — opened fire at Israeli Border Police officers who were conducting an arrest raid in the town of Burqin outside Jenin and was shot dead.

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