(BLOOMBERG) — Two separate attacks in Jerusalem today raised concerns that the four-week war in Gaza may be sparking violence inside Israel.
The driver of a construction excavator was shot dead by police after he rammed his vehicle into a bus, overturning it and killing one passenger. Just over an hour later, a man was shot in the stomach near the city’s Hebrew University by an assailant on a motorbike, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told Israel Radio the man who was shot was a soldier. Road blocks were set up in the area.
The violence in a city that had been largely calm since fighting between Israel and Hamas militants escalated on July 8 came after Israel’s military called a seven-hour humanitarian truce in some parts of Gaza while continuing to strike targets elsewhere in the territory.
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