US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned the shooting at a bus stop in Jerusalem Thursday as a “terrorist attack” in remarks alongside Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, APA reports citing CNN.
“This day started off in a terrible and very negative way with another terrorist attack that took the lives of innocent Israelis in Jerusalem – a reminder of what Israel and every Israeli citizen has to face every day. We condemn it, and we also mourn the loss of these innocent lives as we mourn the loss of any innocent life,” Blinken said in Tel Aviv.
Hamas said the attack was carried out by members of its military wing. Israeli officials said three people were killed and seven were injured in the shooting.
In his remarks prior to his meeting with Gallant, Blinken again stressed that a continuation of the truce between Israel and Hamas would be “a good thing.”
However, it’s "up to Hamas whether they will continue to do this,” the top US diplomat added.
“We had a very good conversation session with the prime minister, with the war cabinet,” Blinken said of his meetings earlier in the day in Jerusalem. “I appreciated the discussion we had.”
Blinken is in Israel as he makes his third trip to the region since October 7. He also met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, West Bank, on Thursday.