Six people were killed and three injured, leaving behind an armed attack carried out by a man at a synagogue in East Jerusalem. Police reported that the attack was followed and killed.
Six people were killed in a violent attack on a synagogue in the Jewish quarter of occupied East Jerusalem on Friday. An attack carried out by Palestinian militias in retaliation for the killing of 10 Palestinians by Israeli forces.
This is reportedly Israel’s deadliest attack in recent years.
“As a result of shooting, Seven civilians were killed and three others suffered serious injuries of varying severity. ” police said in a statement.
In addition to the number of deaths, The attacker was killed by police after fleeing.
“The terrorist was neutralized and later declared dead.” as reported by the police.
In Israel, the identity of the attacker has not yet been revealed, but the term “terrorist” is often used for attacks perpetrated by Palestinians for nationalistic reasons.
Authorities initially reported only five deaths at the scene.
The incident occurred in the village of Neve Yaakov Jewish settlers in occupied East Jerusalem , is equipped with large police equipment. At the scene, several Jews observe the progress of the initial investigation while a group of Palestinians celebrate.
“This is a very serious terrorist attack. We saw a woman and four men lying on the road. They had gunshot wounds and no signs of life, so we had to declare them dead,” said Magen David Adom Emergency Services paramedic Fadi Dekidek.
The attackers arrived by car at a building used as a synagogue, He opened fire and tried to escape. Authorities seized a pistol, which was apparently used in the attack, and police were looking for other suspects who may have helped the shooter, according to local media.
After the attack The Islamist Hamas movement, which effectively controls the Gaza Strip, celebrated the attack through loudspeakers in mosques, but did not take credit for it. On the coastal enclave, many motorists were heard honking their horns, shouting “God is great,” and gunshots could be heard.
“This heroic operation is revenge for the martyrs of Jenin. The operation in Jerusalem is a natural response to the crimes of occupation in Jenin,” said Hamas spokesman Hazam Qassem.
Islamic Jihad praised “a heroic operation that shows that the enemy only understands the language of force” and “that the Palestinian people live in political and geographical unity”.
As news of the attack spread through the media, celebrations were heard not only in the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, but also in Palestinian cities such as Ramallah, Jenin and Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
The incident came as the conflict between Israel and Palestine escalated.
this Friday Israel shells Gaza in retaliation for firing several rockets from a coastal enclave A day after 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, nine of them were killed during a military raid on the Jenin refugee camp.