SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Israeli forces have detained a dozen relatives of two Palestinians who carried out a deadly retaliatory attack on a synagogue in West al-Quds (Jerusalem).
The relatives of Ghassan Abu Jamal and his cousin Udayy said Israeli forces raided their homes and arrested 12 family members on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, the two Palestinian men reportedly armed with axes and handguns, entered the synagogue in Har Nof, killing four Israelis, and leaving several others wounded. The two were then fatally shot by Israeli security forces.
Ghassan’s wife, mother, five brothers, and Udayy’s brother were among those detained.
Violence broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinians in the Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood in East al-Quds, where the relatives were detained. Israeli forces reportedly used tear gas and sound bombs to break up crowds of Palestinians.
Nearly 20 Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation and several others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets during the clashes that broke out after the Palestinians were arrested.
Following the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tel Aviv will “respond harshly” to the attack.
Meanwhile, Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad said the attack was in response to the recent hanging of the 32-year-old Hassan Yousef Ramouni, killed by Israeli settlers.
Tensions have been running high in East al-Quds after Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian man in northern occupied territories last week.
Israeli forces claim Khair al-Din Hamdan was shot during a raid, but video footage released after the incident shows an Israeli soldier getting out of his car and shooting directly at Hamdan.
Following the unrest sparked by the killing, Netanyahu ordered a harsh crackdown on protests.