Barkat: We will close off Jerusalem neighborhoods if needed for security

October 13, 2015 12:15


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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called on the government to increase sanctions in response to the security situation upon arriving on the scene of the stabbing and shooting attack that took place aboard a bus on Tuesday morning in the capital's Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

"We will not let it slide. We can do more and I believe that we need to take more drastic steps," said Barkat. "If we need to close neighborhoods and villages in and around Jerusalem to increase our safety we will do it," he said.

The mayor also beseeched citizens not to take matters into their own hands and to allow security forces to do their work.

Two terrorists got on an Egged line 78 bus in Armon Hanatziv and fired weapons. Paramedics pronounced one person dead on the scene, an approximately 60-year-old man. Four additional people were transported to hospital, one seriously wounded and three moderately wounded, likely with gunshot wounds.

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