A Palestinian kills 1 and injures 4 before the police shoot him

A Palestinian kills 1 and injures 4 before the police shoot him

Jerusalem — A Palestinian attacker killed an Israeli and wounded four others before Israeli police shot him near the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem on Sunday, police said.

Police said the attack took place near the entrance to a disputed shrine known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims on the Temple Mount. The violence surrounding the site, which is considered sacred by both religions, has led to previous rounds of fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, most recently in May.

Paramedics said one person was seriously injured, another seriously injured and three others slightly injured. Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital later said the victim had died. Paramedics said that the Palestinian attacker was confirmed dead at the scene.

Rabbi Zvi Katznelbogen, a resident of the Old City ghetto, said on his way home after dawn prayers at the Western Wall, he turned around and heard gunfire. He told reporters from his hospital bed that moments later he was shot in the arm.

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Police said two of the injured were minor officers, and identified the attacker as a 42-year-old resident of East Jerusalem. Public Security Minister Omar Bar-Lev told reporters that the gunman was a member of the political arm of Hamas from the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, and that the man’s wife left the country three days ago.

Palestinian media identified the attacker as Fadi Abu Shkheidem, and published a picture of him wearing a long black cloak and black coat and carrying a firearm similar to what appears in the police photos. He was a high school teacher near the old city.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting that he had instructed security forces to be vigilant to prevent further attacks.

Hamas praised the attack in a statement but stopped short of claiming responsibility, describing the incident as a “heroic operation.” Later, it claimed that Abu Shkhaydam was one of its members.

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Spokesman Abdul Latif al-Qano said that the resistance of our people will continue to be legitimate by all means and tools against the Zionist occupier until our desired goals are achieved and the occupation is expelled from our holy sites and all our lands.

Dimitr Tzanchev, the EU-designate ambassador to Israel, said in a statement on Twitter that his thoughts were “with the victims of the cowardly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem” and condemned “this senseless attack against civilians. Violence is never the solution.” “

Sunday’s incident is the second of its kind in the historic Old City of Jerusalem in recent days. On Wednesday, a Palestinian boy was shot dead after he stabbed two Israeli border guards.

In that incident, the two officers were taken to hospital and the police announced the death of the 16-year-old from East Jerusalem at the scene.

Palestinians have carried out dozens of stabbing, shooting and surprise attacks targeting Israeli civilians and security personnel in recent years. Palestinians and rights groups say some of the alleged rammings were accidents and accuse Israel of using excessive force.

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But shootings around Jerusalem’s Old City and its holy sites are relatively rare, and Israel maintains a significant security presence in the area.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, including the Old City and its Christian, Muslim and Jewish holy sites, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Middle East war. It later annexed East Jerusalem in a move not recognized by most of the international community.

The Palestinians seek to establish their independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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