Hamas gunman killed after shooting near holy site in Jerusalem

Israeli police said the shooting took place near a contested flashpoint shrine in Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, reports the Deutsche Welle.

An attacker had opened fire in the Old City of Jerusalem, killing one and wounding three others. „A terrorist armed with a Carlo-type weapon (a submachine gun) carried out a shooting in the Old City,” reported the Israeli police, adding that the assailant had been shot dead. Among the four injured were two civilians and two police officers. One of them died in the hospital.

The shooting took place near the entrance to the Jewish Temple Mount and the Muslim Noble Sanctuary, a shrine that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims. Violence around the site has triggered numerous fights between Israelis and Palestinians.

The Sunday shooting was the second violent attack in Jerusalem’s Old City in recent days. On Wednesday, a 16-year-old Palestinian teen was shot dead after stabbing two Israeli policemen.

According to Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev, the gunman in Sunday’s shooting was a member of Hamas’ political arm from the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem. Hamas confirmed, praising the attack as an incident of “heroic operation”. „Our people’s resistance will continue to be legitimate by all means and tools against the Zionist occupier until our desired goals are achieved and the occupation is expelled from our holy sites and all of our lands,” Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanou said.