A Palestinian employee shot and murdered three victims and wounded a fourth. The terrorist, who had a permit to work in Israel, was shot dead.
A Palestinian terrorist on Tuesday shot and murdered three Israelis – two security men and one Border Policeman – and seriously wounded another security guard in the community of Har Adar, just north of Jerusalem.
The incident occurred at the rear entrance to the community, as Palestinian employees were arriving, including the terrorist, who had a work permit. Security officials began suspecting him, at which point he extracted a weapon from his shirt and fired, hitting four.
They managed to fire back and eliminated the terrorist.
United Hatzalah EMS volunteers treated the four victims. Volunteer doctors, paramedics and EMTs from the Mevaseret chapter treated the injured, three of whom who were listed in critical condition. Only a few moments later, all three were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth victim, in his early 30s, was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Jerusalem.
Moshir Abu Katish, a Muslim volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah who lives in the neighboring Arab-Israeli town of Abu Gosh, was one of the first responders on the scene. He described the victims as suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.
Palestinian sources identified the assailant as Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, 37, a father of four.
A ‘New Phase in the Al-Quds Intifada’
The Hamas terror group praised the deadly attack and said it was a “new phase in the Al-Quds Intifada.”
Israel is in the midst of celebrating the High Holidays, a time when Israel’s security forces are on heightened alert. The attack occurred after weeks of relative quiet.
US President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, returned to Israel on Monday amid media reports concerning a new peace plan.
President Reuven Rivlin said “the cruel terror attack proves once again the daily front that our security forces face in the most important mission — protecting and defending the safety of the citizens of Israel.”
This incident is the latest in a long series of Palestinian terror attacks over the past two years, claiming the lives of 55 victims and wounding some 700.