(JNS/JTA) One person was killed and four wounded in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday morning Nov 21, according to Israeli media reports. The assailant was killed by police officers on the scene.
According to police, at about 9 a.m., a man later identified as Fadi Abu Shkhaydam opened fire near the Temple Mount’s Chain Gate with a submachine gun, wounding three passersby. Border Police responding to the attack shot and killed the assailant, two of them suffering light wounds in the brief gun battle. According to Kan news, the terrorist was also carrying a knife.
Eliyahu David Kay, a 26-year-old who recently moved to Israel from South Africa, was killed in the attack, according to Israeli media reports.
According to Israeli media reports, Abu Shkhaydam, a resident of Shuafat, is a known member of Hamas.
The Jerusalem District Police commander was conducting a situation assessment at the scene on Sunday morning, and large police forces were operating in the area. The Old City and Temple Mount were closed to visitors, according to Channel 12. Police have ruled out the possibility that the shooter had accomplices, according to the report.
Magen David Adom’s Jerusalem dispatch center received an initial report on the shooting at 9:01 a.m., according to the emergency service. First responders provided medical treatment at the scene before evacuating the victims to Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Three of those wounded in the attack were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, while Kay was taken to Hadassah’s Mount Scopus hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“A victim with a serious head injury … was evacuated [to the hospital] while receiving CPR, with no vital signs,” the hospital said in a statement. “A trauma team continued the CPR but was forced to pronounce his death.”
Israel’s Minister of Public Security Omar Barlev said the attack appeared to have been planned ahead of time.
“The terrorist was a member of Hamas’s political branch who regularly prayed in the Old City. His wife fled abroad three days ago and he used standard weapons that are not commonly available in Israel,” Barlev said at the scene of the attack, according to The Times of Israel.
Hours later, a 67-year-old man was moderately wounded in a suspected terrorist attack in Jaffa on Sunday, according to the Israel Police.
The suspect, a Palestinian resident of Jenin, stabbed the man on Bat Yam Street and fled. Forces called to the scene located the suspect in a nearby building, following a brief search, and arrested him.
According to police, initial findings indicate that the attack had a nationalist motive. The investigation is ongoing.