Hamas gunman kills Israeli near and wounds three others in Jerusalem

Hamas gunman wearing ‘ultra-Orthodox attire’ kills tourist guide, 25, near Western Wall and wounds three other people in Jerusalem’s Old City – before security forces shoot him dead

  • A Palestinian Hamas gunman killed an Israeli person and wounded three others 
  • Gunman Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, 42, from East Jerusalem was shot dead by police
  • The attack in Jerusalem’s Old City injured two policemen and a South African  
  • Britain banned Islamist group Hamas on Friday owing to its links to terrorism 

A Palestinian gunman from the Islamist group Hamas killed an Israeli tourist guide and wounded three other people in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday before being shot dead by police.

Hamas identified the gudman as one of its leaders in East Jerusalem, Fadi Abu Shkhaidem, 42.

He was shot dead by police among areas where Palestinians have sought statehood.

The incident was the second attack in Jerusalem in four days and happened near one of the gates to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third-holiest site in Islam. 

Jews revere the site as the remnant of two ancient temples. 

Fadi Abu Shkhaidem (left), 42, was part of terrorist group Hamas. He killed one person with this gun (right) and injured three others

Israeli Border policemen patrol the area near the site of a shooting incident in Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli security personnel and members of Zaka Rescue and Recovery team prepare to put the victim’s body into an ambulance

Unlike the more moderate Palestinian Authority that governs in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, refuses permanent coexistence with Israel.

Britain banned Hamas on Friday, bringing London’s stance in line with the United States and the European Union.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told his cabinet: ‘On a morning like this one can draw support from the (British) decision to designate Hamas – including what is called its political wing – as a terrorist organisation.’ 

Sunday’s attack also wounded a second civilian and two Israeli police officers, police said. The dead civilian was 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 not recognised internationally

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