There was a shooting in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday morning. An armed Palestinian opened fire, killing one person and injuring at least three. The attacker, a member of Hamas, was shot dead by the Israeli police, reports the Reuters agency.
The attack took place near one of the gates leading to the Temple Mount – the holiest site of Judaism and the third religiously most important site for Muslims. The area has long been a source of tensions between Palestinians and Jews.
A spokesman for the local police said two civilians were injured in the attack. One of them later died in the hospital. Two policemen were also slightly injured.
Half a minute of horror
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. As Bar-Lew added, the Palestinian was armed with a submachine gun. The man was shot by Israeli officials.
Bar-Lew reported 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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