Hamas gunman kills tour guide near Western Wall, injures three others in Old City of Jerusalem
Hamas gunman wearing “ultra-Orthodox outfit” kills 25-year-old tour guide near Western Wall, injures three other people in Jerusalem’s Old City – before security forces shoot him down
- Palestinian gunman from Hamas killed one Israeli, wounded three others
- East Jerusalem gunman Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, 42, shot dead by police
- The attack in the old city of Jerusalem injured two policemen and a South African
- Britain banned Islamist group Hamas on Friday over terrorist ties
A Palestinian gunman from the Islamist group Hamas on Sunday killed an Israeli tour guide and injured three others in Jerusalem’s Old City before being shot dead by police.
Hamas identified the gudman as one of its leaders in East Jerusalem, 42-year-old Fadi Abu Shkhaidem.
He was shot dead by police in areas where Palestinians demanded a state.
The incident was the second attack on Jerusalem in four days and occurred near one of the gates of the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site.
Jews revere the site as the remains of two ancient temples.
Fadi Abu Shkhaidem (left), 42, was part of the terrorist group Hamas. He killed one person with this weapon (right) and injured three others
Israeli border guards patrol the area around the shooting site in the Old City of Jerusalem
Israeli security personnel and members of the Zaka rescue and recovery team prepare to put the victim’s body in an ambulance
Omer Bar-Lev, Israeli Minister of Public Security walks with Israeli policemen at the site of a shooting in the Old City of Jerusalem
Israeli border guards stand guard behind a security perimeter at the scene of the shooting today
Unlike the more moderate Palestinian Authority which rules in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, refuses permanent coexistence with Israel.
Britain banned Hamas on Friday, aligning London’s position with that of the United States and the European Union.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told his cabinet: “On a morning like this, one can rely on the (British) decision to designate Hamas – including what is called its political wing – as the ‘terrorist organization’.
Sunday’s attack also injured a second civilian and two Israeli policemen, police said. The deceased civilian has been identified as a recent Jewish immigrant from South Africa.
Israel captured the Old City and other parts of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East War and annexed them as its capital in a move unrecognized internationally.