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An Israeli has died and three others have been injured this Sunday in an unusual firearm attack by a Palestinian in the Old City of Jerusalem. The attacker, who opened fire after nine in the morning (eight o’clock, Spanish peninsular time) with a handmade rifle at one of the entrances to the Esplanade of the Mosques, the third holy place of Islam, was shot dead by the security forces. One of the injured Israelis has been hospitalized in serious condition. The other two are agents of the border police, a militarized body, who suffered minor injuries.

The Israeli police immediately sealed all the entrances to the historic walled compound of Jerusalem after the attack, the first with a firearm since the wave of violence that hit the Holy City last spring and that preceded an outbreak of war in the strip of Loop. The armed incident occurred four days after an attack with a knife against two officers, who shot and killed the attacker, a 16-year-old Palestinian from Jerusalem.

The perpetrator of this Sunday’s attack has been identified as Fadi Abu Shehadam, 42, a resident of Suhafat, a district of East Jerusalem, a territory occupied by the Army in the Six-Day War in 1967, and subsequently annexed by Israel. . The Minister of Public Security, Omer Bar-Lev, declared to the Hebrew press at the scene, Shehadam was affiliated with the political wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas. It also specified that the aggressor had disguised himself as an ultra-Orthodox Jew to commit the attack with a Carlo, a handmade submachine gun.

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Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement that the attack was due to “a legitimate struggle” and that “the Holy City will continue to fight until it expels the foreign occupier and will not accept the hateful reality of the occupation.” The United Kingdom declared illegal on Friday the political arm of Hamas, an organization considered terrorist by both the United States and the European Union, which has ruled de facto in the Gaza Strip since 2007.

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