Palestinian kills 1, injures 4 before police kill him in rare Jerusalem holy site shooting


JERUSALEM — A Palestinian assailant killed one Israeli and injured 4 others before being fatally shot by Israeli police close to the doorway to a flashpoint Jerusalem holy site Sunday, police mentioned.

Police mentioned the assault came about close to an entrance to a contested flashpoint shrine recognized to Jews because the Temple Mount and to Muslims because the Noble Sanctuary. Violence surrounding the site, which is taken into account holy by each faiths, has triggered earlier rounds of preventing between Israel and the Palestinians, most just lately in May.

Paramedics mentioned one particular person suffered vital accidents, one suffered critical wounds, and three others have been frivolously injured. Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital later mentioned the critically injured particular person died. The paramedics mentioned the Palestinian attacker was confirmed useless on the scene.

Police mentioned two of these frivolously injured have been officers and recognized the attacker as a 42-year-old east Jerusalem resident. Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev instructed reporters the gunman was a member of Hamas’s political arm from the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem, and that the person’s spouse left the nation three days earlier.

The assailant injured four people in the attack.
The assailant injured 4 folks in the assault.

Palestinian media recognized the attacker as Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, and shared a picture of him sporting lengthy black robes and a black coat and carrying a firearm much like the one proven in police photographs.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett mentioned at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet assembly that he ordered safety forces to be on alert to forestall different assaults.

The Hamas militant group praised the assault in a press release however stopped in need of claiming duty, calling the incident 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 mentioned.

The man fatally shot by Israeli police was identified as Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, according to Palestinian media.
The man fatally shot by Israeli police was recognized as Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, based on Palestinian media.

Dimiter Tzantchev, the EU ambassador-designate to Israel, mentioned in a press release on Twitter that his ideas have been “with the victims of the cowardly attack in the Old City of Jerusalem” and condemned “this senseless attack against civilians. Violence is never the answer.”

Sunday’s incident was the second of its type in Jerusalem’s historic Old City in current days. On Wednesday, a Palestinian teen was fatally shot after stabbing two Israeli border police.

In that incident, the 2 officers have been hospitalized and the teenager, recognized by police as a 16-year-old from east Jerusalem, was pronounced useless on the scene.

Fadi Abu Shkhaidem is suspected to be a member of Hamas’s political arm.

Palestinians have carried out dozens of stabbing, shooting and car-ramming assaults focusing on Israeli civilians and safety personnel in current years. Palestinians and rights teams contend a number of the alleged car-rammings have been accidents and accuse Israel of utilizing extreme power.

But shootings round Jerusalem’s Old City and its holy websites are comparatively rare, and Israel maintains a sizeable safety presence in the realm.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, together with the Old City and its Christian, Muslim and Jewish holy websites, together with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Mideast struggle. It later annexed east Jerusalem in a transfer unrecognized by a lot of the worldwide group.

The Palestinians search the occupied West Bank and Gaza for a future impartial state, with east Jerusalem as its capital.