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2 Israelis killed, 2 injured in stabbing attack in Jerusalem

Oct. 3, 2015 7:40 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2015 10:42 A.M.)
Israeli forces and emergency services gather around the body of a Palestinian after he carried out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on October 3, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Two Israelis were killed and two others injured, including a two-year-old infant, in an attack in Jerusalem's Old City carried out Saturday by a Palestinian who was subsequently shot dead, Israeli police and medics said.

Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian stabbed and possibly opened fire on the Israelis at the Old City's Lion's Gate.

Witnesses told Ma'an that the Palestinian took a gun from one of his victims and fired at Israeli police when they arrived, before he was shot dead.

A spokesperson at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem told Ma'an that a 40-year-old Israeli man was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, which was also treating a two-year-old child.

The child was lightly injured in the leg, and Rosenfeld said it appeared he may have been shot.

The other fatality succumbed to his wounds at Hadassah hospital, where a woman who was reported as being in serious condition was also being treated.

Three of the four were reportedly members of the same family, and all four were reported as being ultra-Orthodox.

Rosenfeld initially said Israeli police"neutralized" the Palestinian, but added that he had "no idea" whether he was killed or injured.

Israeli medics later confirmed to Ma'an that the Palestinian was pronounced dead on scene.

Israeli police named him as Mohannad Shafiq Halabi, aged 19, from a village near Ramallah in the West Bank.

Islamic Jihad later claimed him as one of their members, although they did not claim responsibility for the attack.

A general view of Jerusalem's Old City is seen on April 14, 2014. (AFP/Thomas Coex/File)

Soaring tensions

Witnesses told Ma'an that after the attack, Israeli police assaulted shop owners in the area and forced them to close their shops.

They said that Israeli police deployed through the Old City, setting up checkpoint and searching for possible accomplices.

Rosenfeld confirmed that the area had been closed, and said police were "searching for further suspects" who may have been involved in the attack.

The incident came amid soaring tensions across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Recent weeks have seen fierce clashes in East Jerusalem as a result of severe entry restrictions to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City -- the third holiest site in Islam.

Most Palestinians under the age of 50 have been denied entry to the mosque compound since Sept. 27, when Jews began celebrating the eight-day Sukkot festival.

On Saturday, a senior Hamas official called on Palestinians to take up arms to "defend" the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

"The only solution to defend the Al-Aqsa mosque and to prevent Israelis from carrying out their plans there is for West Bank and Jerusalem residents to take up arms," Mahmud Zahar said in an interview posted on the Islamist movement's website.

In the West Bank, meanwhile, Israeli settlers carried out violent reprisals on Friday and Saturday after two settlers were shot dead near Nablus on Thursday.

At least 10 Palestinians were reported injured with live rounds on Saturday as Israeli forces searched for those responsible for the shooting.

AFP contributed to this report.
Henri / France
The Jewish family were apparently on their way to the Western Wall when they were attacked.
03/10/2015 19:59
Dan / Tanzania
One of the wounded is in critical condition, another was wounded seriously and the third, a baby, suffered moderate wounds. Jerusalem Police said military forces and Border Patrol officers shot and killed a man identified as the terrorist.
03/10/2015 20:00
Blake / UK
Another life lost to the mammon occupier from hell
03/10/2015 20:07
Liza / Canada
The 3rd holiest site for Muslim and the 1st holiest site for Jews !! Palestinians are murders not freedom fighters
03/10/2015 21:00
2 dead. mother in critical condition / baby (2 yr old) slightly stabbed
03/10/2015 21:11
harold / uk
just plain cold blooded murder of innocents by palestinians
03/10/2015 22:43
Joe Fattal / USA
If it is a holy war you wont have any winner. People will get kill on both sides,and they both going to lose. If it is a civil war, the Israeli military might get their hands on it. But than I doubt it, because it is a holy war since Al-Aqsa Mosque is the center of the crisis.
03/10/2015 23:17
joe / Aus
I always hoped Palestinians will not resort to violence palestinians and Isreal Jews are the same human blood when either side dies in this conflict its a lost for the humanity fist and their families
People don't kill yourselves for stones and rubbiles the land is big enough to accommodate all.
03/10/2015 23:17
Tobias / USA
Palestinians have been allowed to continue the "resistance" for too long, without a significant Israeli response, but
Those days are done, and soon Jerusalem Palestinians will be rounded up, just as Nablus village Palestinians are being rounded up, both for their murderous terrorism ways !!
03/10/2015 23:25
Stan Squires / Canada
The Israeli settlers reaps what the sow.They are the problem in east Jerusalem and I got no sympathy for what happens to them.The majority of people in the world supports the Palestinian People in this fight against Israeli apartheid.
03/10/2015 23:35
Luzer / USA
Looks like another intifada has started. Do not complain to the U.N. or Obama Hussein neither will be able to help you. Try complaining to your leaders who spew hate and violence all daylong.
04/10/2015 00:43
Outlier / USA
2 dead - No hero - national or otherwise - advocates violence against innocents.
04/10/2015 01:02
@ Blake / USA
1- Actually, it is "another life" stolen by "the mammon occupier from hell",
who claim a state on the ancestral homeland of the Jewish people, and
2- Soon, the Jewish people will repay them 100 times in kind, until the Palestinians beg for peace, and promise anything to have it !!
04/10/2015 01:24
@ Stan / Reap What You Sow Too
1- Perhaps JEWS have "reaped what the sown", for being Jewish and returning to their own ANCESTRAL HOMELAND, and very soon
2- The PALESTINIAN will reap 100 times "what the sow, for being
04/10/2015 01:30
Tibi / Tubas
Every person should be cleared off al-Aqsa compound, and then
04/10/2015 04:15
Rami / Palestine
@Liz and others - for every action there is a reaction. Palestinians are no more brutal than anyone else. If you want to know why this happened. Look at the news in Palestine/Israel for the last 3 months. Netanyahu has been instigating clashes between Palestinians and Israelis in the Old City.
04/10/2015 06:42
Jerusalem CLOSED TO ALL PALESTINIANS / first time ever!!!
Great achievement for those Intifada stabbers .
04/10/2015 07:39
Defensive Shield 2 is coming / prepare for another
JENIN JENIN movie by Bachri
04/10/2015 08:25
Olga / wherever
A 2 yr old is a child. More important? The killing of an ultra orthodox man just after Sukkot should be a red line which brings about decisive action not stupidity. Taking secular views out on the Ultra Orthodox???
04/10/2015 09:38
spb / usa
the intifada had started months before with the incitement by PA official starting with AbbAss
04/10/2015 13:27
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