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Just as news from the troubled West Bank region had been subsiding in these past few months and exactly a week after President Abbas of the Palestinian authority praised President Trump at the UN for facilitating peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis, troublesome news reaches our desks this morning.
Three Israeli guards were shot dead this morning local time by a Palestinian terrorist who pulled out a gun just as he was entering the Har Adar’s Jewish settlement to start his day job. It is understood the shooter himself was also killed a few minutes later by Israeli soldiers.
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So far no Muslim group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the organizations of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, both based in Gaza, welcomed the news, their respective press agencies said.
Islamic Jihad: “This attack embodies the living conscience of the Palestinian people and cause.”
Hamas spokesman Hazim Qassim: “Once again Jerusalem proves that it is the heart of the conflict with the occupation. The operation this morning in northern Jerusalem is a new chapter of the Jerusalem intifada and… an affirmation that our uprising youth will continue to fight until the people and land are completely liberated. The operation today indicates that our people reject the logic of begging for rights at international institutions. Our people will preserve their rights and holy sites with their soul and blood,”
The gunman was a 37-year old father of four from a nearby village Beit Surik, about a mile east of Har Adar.
The incident took place about 11 miles north-west of Jerusalem.
The police report which was released stated that the attacker shot his victims at close range and that another person is seriously injured.
This is the latest in a string of attacks since October 2015 on Israeli soldiers, police officers and guards. So far 50 Israelis and 5 foreigners have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in that period.