Two Police Officers Killed, One Wounded, in Har Habayis Shooting Attack

by Ilan Evyatar/TPS

Two Israeli Police officers were killed Friday and one lightly injured when three terrorists opened fire near the Lions Gate of the Old City of Yerushalayim. Police shot dead the three terrorists, Israeli citizens and residents of the town of  Umm al-Fahm.

The three were named by police as Ahmed Mohammed Jabarin, 29; Mohammed Hamed Abed Alatif Jabarin, 19; and Mohamed Ahmed Mafdal Jabarin, 19. The three are not known to have any previous security background.

The two police officers were named as Camil Shanan, 22,  from the Druze village of Hurfeish and Ha’il Satawi, 30, from the Druze village of Majar.

The incident began shortly after 7:00 am when the men exited Har Habayis and shot at a group of Israelis. Police shot at the attackers as they tried to flee back onto the Mount in order to hide in the mosques. Improvised Carl Gustav submachine guns, a pistol and a knife were found on the terrorists.

Video footage from the scene shows one of the terrorists lying on the ground and thought to be dead, then he suddenly tries to get up and shoot at police who shot back and killed him. Police said the incident occurred as a bomb-disposal officer was checking to see if there were explosives on the body.

Magen David Adom paramedic Aharon Adler, who was lightly wounded in the incident, told TPS: “While I was administering life-saving CPR to one of the wounded, one of the terrorists, who was thought to be neutralized got up on his feet and tried to attack again. At that point one of the police officers shot and killed the assailant. From that shooting a ricochet hit my legs. My injury wasn’t critical and I continued my work treating the critically wounded.”

Police Chief Roni Elsheikh described the attack as an “exceptionally serious” incident. “Shooting on the Har Habayis is extremely serious and sensitive, and has international and diplomatic ramifications,” Elsheikh said.

Yerushalayim police closed all gates to Har Habayis and cleared the Har Habayis plaza.

As yet, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, however, a spokesman for Hamas called it a “natural reaction to Israeli terror and to the defiling of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The attack shows that the intifada continues and that our people are united behind the resistance.”

First responders at the scene said they heard the shots and responded to the attack in real time.

Nidal Seder, a United Hatzalah volunteer who lives near Har Habayis and was the first responder to arrive at the scene reported, “I heard the gunshots on Har Habayis from my window. I jumped on my ambucycle and at the behest of the police officers rushed into the Har Habayis complex where I performed CPR on one of the injured people near the mosque. I was joined by members of the Red Crescent, police officers and other EMS volunteers who rushed to the site. We were told that other volunteers had begun CPR on a second victim and that there were two other people that sustained light injuries.”

A second United Hatzalah volunteer, Yechiel Stern, told TPS at the scene that at 7:10 he received an emergency call and arrived at the scene within a minute, he said he treated wounded people inside the Dome of the Rock.

“I heard a gun battle and someone was injured lightly by shrapnel. Ambulances then arrived and we sent the wounded to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital,” he said.

Footage of attack – Video by israel Police

Scene of attack – Video by Israel Police

Police exchange fire with terrorists on Har Habayis

Video by MDA spokesperson

Video credit: TPS

Police foreign press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed to TPS that three terrorists had been shot dead in the incident. “What we know is that shortly after 7 a.m. is that three terrorists opened fire. What we can confirm is that police responded and all three terrorists were shot and killed. They were armed with Carl Gustav weapons and a knife as well. Police and Border Police units have closed off the area.”

Video credit: TPS

Magen David Adom paramedic Aharon Adler, who was lightly wounded in the incident, told TPS: “While I was administering life-saving CPR to one of the wounded, one of the terrorists, who was thought to be neutralized got up on his feet and tried to attack again. At that point, one of the police officers shot and killed the assailant. From that shooting, a ricochet hit my legs. My injury wasn’t critical and I continued my work treating the critically wounded.

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