A Hamas gunman shot 5 individuals in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, killing one and injuring 4 others earlier than Israelipolice fatally shot him. 

Police recognized the shooter as a 42-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, and Hamas later recognized him as Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, a instructor at a close-by highschool. 

Israeli security personnel and members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team carry the body of a Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli police after he killed one Israeli and wounded four others in a shooting attack in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli safety personnel and members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery group carry the physique of a Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli police after he killed one Israeli and wounded 4 others in a taking pictures assault in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

The assault additionally wounded two Israeli cops and one other civilian, Reuters reported.

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The taking pictures occurred close to one of many gates to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a controversial holy website that the Jewish individuals know because the Temple Mount and Muslims name the Noble Sanctuary. 

Israeli security personnel and members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team carry the body of a Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli police after he killed one Israeli and wounded four others in a shooting attack in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli safety personnel and members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery group carry the physique of a Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli police after he killed one Israeli and wounded 4 others in a taking pictures assault in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Israeli officers stated the gunman killed Eliyahu Kay, 26, who had emigrated from South Africa and labored on the Western Wall. Hamas claimed Shkhaidem as one in every of its members, however didn’t declare credit score for the assault. 

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Authorities have subsequently not decided if the gunman acted alone or on orders from the group. 

Israeli youth light candles in the shape of the Star of David at the site of a shooting attack that killed an Israeli man in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. A Hamas militant opened fire in Jerusalem's Old City, killing the 26-year-old Israeli and wounding four other people before he was fatally shot by Israeli police. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israeli youth mild candles in the form of the Star of David on the website of a taking pictures assault that killed an Israeli man in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. A Hamas militant opened fireplace in Jerusalem’s Old City, killing the 26-year-old Israeli and wounding 4 different individuals earlier than he was fatally shot by Israeli police. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

But Hamas praised the assault as a “heroic operation.” 

“Our people’s resistance 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 of our lands,” spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanou stated.

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The assault follows a press release by Britain that it’s going to be part of the U.S. and European Union in condemning Hamas as a banned terrorist group. 

“On a morning like this one can draw support from the (British) decision to designate Hamas – including what is called its political wing – as a terrorist organisation,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett instructed his cupboard.

Dimiter Tzantchev, the EU ambassador-designate to Israel, condemned “this senseless attack against civilians. Violence is never the answer.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.