The family of a Palestinian terrorist who carried out a shooting attack in Jerusalem earlier in the week were expelled from the capital to the West Bank, the Israel Police said Thursday.
Fouad Tamimi seriously injured two Border Police officers, leaving one in critical condition, in a drive-by shooting attack on Salah a-Din Street, near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, on Tuesday afternoon.
A police check found that Tamimi’s father and some siblings were living in the capital without permits. Haaretz newspaper said Thursday that the killer’s mother, who has Israeli residency, took her four underage children to join her husband and four other offspring.
During the attack, the gunman opened fire at the officers, striking one in the head. As he attempted to escape the scene, security forces engaged the gunman in a firefight, during which he shot the second officer. Tamimi was then shot and killed by police.
Immediately following the attack, Public Safety Minister Gilad Erdan asked police to look into the legal status of Tamimi’s family, who were living in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Isawiyah.
Police discovered that his parents had applied for permission to live together in East Jerusalem, under an Israeli law enabling Palestinian families divided by the Green Line to be reunited. However, the request had not yet been approved, police said, meaning that Tamimi, his father and some siblings did not have residency status that would enable them to live in Isawiyah.
“[T[hey were staying illegally in Isawiyah and as a result the family members were expelled to the West Bank,” the police said in a statement, but did not note exactly where they had been sent. According to Haaretz, the family is now living in the West Bank village of Bir Nabala, some 8 km (5 miles) from Jerusalem.
“I made it clear to police: Whoever is here illegally — will be expelled,” Erdan said in the same statement Thursday. “We will continue to fight against terror with great force, on all fronts, and we will extract a heavy price from those who support, fund, or help terror.”