A Border Guard officer and a security guard sustained moderate to serious injuries Saturday night when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire at forces guarding the construction of the security fence in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Said neighborhood, near Armon Hanatziv.
Both gunmen were shot dead when the two injured Israelis fired back. A Palestinian bystander who was critically injured in the crossfire, which began at around 8:30 pm, later died of his wounds.
Magen David Adom emergency services reported that the Israelis were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
The investigation into the incident revealed that the terrorists, armed with pistols, shot the Israelis on a trail leading to a nearby checkpoint. They were then shot by security personnel while attempting to flee the scene and died of their wounds a short time later.
Palestinian’s body in scene of attack (photo: Reuters)
A Hizbullah-affiliated al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades cell claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to police, the Palestinian bystander was shot by the terrorists.
The security establishment has received nine specific warnings and dozens of general warnings regarding possible attempts by Palestinian organizations to carry out terror attacks. Due to the escalation in the south, police decided to boost activity in sensitive areas, specifically along the Jerusalem bypass road and Israel’s boundary line with the Palestinian territories.
“The terror groups do not need an excuse to act, and they will seize every opportunity to carry out a terror attack,” a senior IDF official told Ynet recently.
“There is a lot of pressure from Gaza, including direct orders and the transfer of funds. It is estimated that as long as the situation in Gaza escalates, so will the situation in the West Bank and we will see an increase in attempts to carry out attacks.”
In an attempt to prevent such a scenario from taking place, security forces operating in the West Bank in recent days have apprehended dozens of Hamas members, including senior cabinet ministers.
Ali Waked contributed to the report