The bloody episode near the Temple Mount. The sacred place closed to visitors
He is a Palestinian living in East Jerusalem. After hours of uncertainty, the man of about forty who shot an Israeli civilian and wounded three others in the Old City was identified.
The police confirmed this to the Israeli media. At first, the nationality of the attacker was not specified, who was disguised as an Orthodox Jew and was killed by the police.
The armed attack in Israel near one of the entrances to the Temple Mount for the Jews has unclear connotations. Some sources spoke of three Israeli policemen stabbed by the man who was then killed by local security forces. One of the officers would later die after hospitalization. Other sources refer instead to gunshots, always in the same area. And two civilians who died in the attack.
There would also be a first claim. “The armed attack conducted today in Jerusalem against agents of the Israeli Border Guard is” a heroic gesture “- said Hazem Qassem a spokesman for Hamas.
“Our Holy City – he added – will continue the struggle until the occupier is expelled”.
Similar support also came from Islamic Jihad according to which at the roots of this attack – the second in recent days – there are “the multiplication of terrorist episodes by Israeli settlers and soldiers in the West Bank and the demolition of Palestinian houses in Jerusalem “.
The Esplanade was closed to visits by Jews.
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