There was a shooting in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday morning. An armed Palestinian opened fire, killing one and injuring four. The attacker, a member of Hamas, was shot dead by the Israeli police, reports the Reuters agency.
The attack occurred on Sunday morning near the Western Wall when a 42-year-old Hamas fighter, a high school teacher, opened fire on passersby with automatic weapons. The fatal victim of the attack is a 25-year-old resident of Jerusalem who moved from South Africa to Israel in 2017. He was a volunteer paratrooper in the Israeli Defense Forces and a city guide. Four other people were injured.
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett expressed his condolences to the victim’s family and praised the services for their quick response to the incident. The head of government recalled that the Sunday shooting is the second such act after last week’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem, during which two border guards were killed.
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Israeli Internal Security Minister Omer Bar-Lew said the attacker is a 42-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, a member of the fundamentalist Palestinian organization Hamas. This was also confirmed by Hamas, which praised the attack as a “heroic operation”.
– The resistance of our people, implemented by all means and tools, is and will be justified in the face of the activities of the Zionist occupant, as long as the goals we set are not achieved, and the occupation of our holy places and lands that are dear to us, said the spokesman of the organization Abd al-Latif al- Kanu.
As Bar-Lew added, the Palestinian was armed with a submachine gun. The man was shot by Israeli officials. The minister said that the attacker was disguised as an Orthodox Jew. – He was moving in the alleys and shooting. Fortunately, the streets were empty, otherwise there would have been more victims, said the minister. He added that the entire event lasted “32 seconds, maybe 36 seconds”.
After Sunday’s attack, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett ordered security measures around Jerusalem to be strengthened.
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