Deadly attack by a Hamas member, Sunday, in Jerusalem


A gunman who used an improvised automatic weapon has opened fire in Jerusalem’s Old City.He tried to disguise himself as an Orthodox Jew. The attack – which “lasted 32 or 36 seconds” according Internal Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev – occurred near the Chain Gate entrance, in the area of the Al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s most revered locations, and also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.


One person was killed and other four, including two Israeli police officers, were wounded. The dead man has been a recent immigrant from South Africa who worked as a guide at the Western Wall. The attacker , identified later as a member of the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, 42 old, also was shot and killed by Israeli security forces. His name was Fadi Abu Shkhaydam. Hamas issued a statement calling him a heroic martyr and describing him as a local leader of the movement. The statement affirmed the attack was “a response to the attempts to desecrate Al Aqsa mosque.” The attack is the most serious of its kind in many months. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he had asked security forces to be extra vigilant. In a separate development Sunday, in the city of Jaffa, a 67-year old man was moderately wounded after being stabbed by an unknown person who then ran away.