Gunman kills Israeli soldier and wounds 10 others

Gunman opens fire at bus station at Beersheba city, killing Israeli soldier and wounding 10 others

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Israeli police stand by the shrouded body of a gunman in Beersheba, Israel, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

An Israeli Army soldier was killed and 10 others, including four policeman, were injured by a gunman, who was armed with knife and a gun, opened fire at a bus station in the southern city of Beersheba earlier on Monday.

Despite having his own gun, the man also grabbed the weapon from the soldier and killed him, Yoram Halevy, a police commander in southern Israel, told journalists. Afterwards the gunman was shot and killed by security forces.

An Eritrean was also accidentally shot dead by security forces who took him as a second gunman, police said on Monday.

The identity of the attacker is not known and nobody has taken responsibility of the deadly attack yet.

Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, described the attack a "natural response" and some Palestinian groups said it was a "normal answer to Israeli crimes."

Four Israeli cities ban Arab labourers

At least four Israeli cities, including the commercial hub Tel Aviv, have banned Arab labourers from schools when students are present.

Kayyal and the Joint Arab List, representing the country's Arab minority, criticised the Israeli decision as racist attempt.

A spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv municipality told the AFP news agency, said it has applied the measures to "both Jewish and Arab" workers, owing to the "sensitive situation."

But, Israeli public radio announced the majority of workers are Israeli Arabs.

The cities of Rehovot and Hod HaSharon abstained from using the word “Arab” during an announcement for their websites and emails to local people. Most of the Arab workers and cleaners would be banned from going to schools.

Israeli border police check Palestinian's IDs at a checkpoint as they exit the Arab neighborhood of Issawiyeh in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

Another city, Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, also announced Arabs would not be allowed to work in its schools.

On Sunday, Israel also announced more safety measures, providing enlargement of police stop-and-frisk powers that will let them to search anybody on the street at any moment.

Since Oct. 1, at least 44 Palestinians - including alleged attackers, unarmed protesters and bystanders - have been killed either by Israeli authorities or settlers while eight Israelis have died in recent street violence, which was in part triggered by Palestinians' anger over what they see as increased Jewish encroachment on Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound.

According to Palestinian Health Ministry figures, at least 1,700 Palestinians have been injured by Israeli gunfire since Oct. 1.

TRTWorld and agencies