Palestinian sniper kills 1 and wounds 3 in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli security forces inspect the nearby Esplanade of Mosques after a shooting attack on Sunday 21 November.| Photo: Yonanta Sindel/EFE/EPA

A 42-year-old Palestinian living in East Jerusalem opened fire on the Esplanade of Mosques, located in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Sunday, killing one person and injuring three others, including two police officers. The assailant, identified as Fadi Abu Shkhaydam, was killed by police. According to the BBC, he was a member of Hamas, which was confirmed by spokesmen for the terrorist group itself.

Omer Bar-Lev, Israeli minister of Homeland Security, gave more details about the attack, according to the BBC. According to Bar-Lev, the sniper used a submachine gun and was disguised as an orthodox Jew. The Esplanade of the Mosques is also the site of the Western Wall or Western Wall, the only remaining part of the Temple of Herod, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD Also on the Esplanade of the Mosques is the Domo da Rocha, built on the site where , according to Islamic tradition, Muhammad would have ascended to heaven.

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