A Palestinian 23 years on Wednesday attacked with a knife a bus in Tel Aviv and injured several people before himself hit by bullets and arrested by police, said police and rescue .

There were at least 12 victims, most received stab wounds but some were injured in the panic, according to the rescue. Three of the injured passengers of the bus with a knife are in a serious condition.

The attack occurred at around 7:00 in the heart of Tel Aviv. The attacker “stabbed the driver of the bus several times. But the driver defended until (the perpetrator) absconding,” said a police statement.

Video footage of the attack show people fleeing the young man outside the bus. Short Palestinian and sticks his knife in the back of a busy collapses.

The assailant was identified by police as a Palestinian Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, residing in Israel. According to Palestinian sources, it is Hamza Matruh.

It has been “neutralized by an officer of the prison service who was shot and wounded in the leg,” said the spokesman for the Israeli police Luba Samri.

According to the prison guard, the bus veered off course before stopping at traffic lights.

“Suddenly, we saw people out (of the bus) running. When we heard people screaming for help, we jumped out of the car and I and three other we started running ( …) At first we fired in the air after we shot him in the legs “, reported to the media the guardian, identified as” Benny “.

He “fell to the ground. We handcuffed and handed over to the police,” he said.

Photos from the scene show the aggressor in jeans and windbreaker jacket handcuffed in the back and face down in the mud. Other images show the ground what appears to be a long-bladed kitchen knife.

– ‘Reject violence’ –

During his interrogation, he justified his actions by invoking the war waged by Israel in the Gaza Strip last summer, tensions around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the third holiest site of Islam , and Islamists documents he has consulted, reported the Police . He also declared his willingness to “go up to heaven,” she has said.

The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the attack as “direct result” of incitement to hatred propagated by him by the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas ‘against the Jews and their state. ”

“This is the same terrorism that seeks to reach us Paris , Brussels and elsewhere, “said he said in a statement.

A member of the exiled leadership of Hamas Islamist Ezzat al-Richq, has instead hailed a “heroic operation.” He said on Facebook to see “the natural response to the crimes of the occupier (Israel) and the terrorism that it exercises against our people. ”

Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank occupied were the scene of violence that have left dozens dead since the summer of 2014.

La France , affected by the attack against Charlie Hebdo and the killing of four Jews in a kosher supermarket, condemned the attack. “We assure the authorities and people of Israel our solidarity,” said the Quai d’ Orsay .

In Washington , the spokesman for the State Department Jen Psaki said there was “no justification for such an attack against innocent civilians” and called on all parties to “reject violence.”

The head of the diplomacy British Philip Hammond has strongly condemned his side “terrorist attack” that “undermines the cause of peace.”