Gunmen identified as Hamas terrorists killed three individuals and injured eight others in Jerusalem on Thursday, as reported by Israeli police. This tragic incident occurred just moments after the extension of a six-day truce between Israel and Hamas and took place shortly after the release of an American hostage.
Both assailants were fatally shot near a bus stop on the western side of Jerusalem, where no checkpoints secure the city entrance.
“Two terrorists arrived in a car, one of them armed with an M-16 and the other with a pistol,” stated Jerusalem police chief Doron Torgeman to reporters at the scene. They unleashed gunfire during the morning rush hour.
Following the attack, the two gunmen were shot dead by two off-duty IDF soldiers and another civilian.
A security inspection of the vehicle revealed substantial quantities of ammunition.
During a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Israeli President Isaac Herzog referred to the attack as a manifestation of the “endless war that we are fighting against terror organizations, especially Hamas.”
Blinken also stated that the shooting serves as another reminder of the constant threat that Israelis confront every day.
As per the police, the assailants were two brothers in their 30s with ties to the Hamas terrorist group, both of whom had previously been incarcerated by Israel.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service reported that its medics confirmed the demise of a 24-year-old woman at the scene and transported eight others to hospitals in Jerusalem.
Subsequently, an elderly man and woman, both critically wounded, were later pronounced dead at a hospital in Jerusalem.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a statement shared on Telegram, commended the rapid response of the off-duty soldiers and civilians, asserting that their prompt action had “prevented an even more serious attack.”
He said, “My government will continue to expand the distribution of weapons to citizens.”
Two weeks ago, an Israeli soldier succumbed to gunshot wounds in an attack on a checkpoint at the entrance to a tunnel connecting the West Bank with Jerusalem. Additionally, five Israeli security personnel were injured, and all three assailants were shot dead by Israeli police.
The responsibility for that attack was claimed by the armed wing of Hamas, known as the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.