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Israel Thwarts Second Terror Attack in Two Days

December 22, 2020

by: Ilse Strauss

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The attack occurred near the Lions’ Gate in the Old City.

Tuesday, 22 December 2020 | Less than a day after an Israeli mother of six was murdered in a Palestinian terror attack in the hills of Samaria, Israeli police managed to thwart the second Palestinian terror attack in two days, this one in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The attack occurred at around 7 p.m. when a Palestinian teenager approached police officers stationed at a guard post near the Lions’ Gate entrance to the Temple Mount. The terrorist whipped out a Carlo-type submachine gun, opened fire on the police and then tried to flee through the Old City. None of the officers were hit.

The officers, along with border police guards stationed in the area, gave chase, and after a brief exchange of fire, the terrorist was neutralized.

The police later identified the gunman as a 17-year-old Palestinian from a village near Jenin in Samaria.

Following the shooting, police sealed off the Old City while searching for a second terrorist who they believe assisted the gunman and was meant to help him escape, the Jerusalem Post reports. The second suspect was arrested shortly after.

While Israelis mourned the loss of a mother of six in the first terror attack and breathed a sigh of relief that the second did not result in a massacre, Hamas, the terror group controlling the Gaza Strip, praised the bloodshed—and strongly called on Palestinians to follow in the terrorists’ footsteps.

“Get a hold of yourselves. The Al-Aqsa Mosque expects from you support and not normalization with a criminal enemy,” Hamas said in a statement, advising its people to shun the path of peace that the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco chose for a future of death, bloodshed and violence.

Posted on December 22, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, December 22, 2020)

Photo Credit: DJohnson/bridgesforpeace.com

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