Hamas claims Jerusalem shooting attack in which 3 were killed, calls for ‘escalation’

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Hamas claims responsibility for the shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem this morning, in which three Israelis were killed and six were wounded.

In a statement, the terror group hails the two perpetrators, brothers Murad (38) and Ibrahim (30) Nemer, from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, calling them “jihad-waging martyrs.”

Three Israelis were killed in the attack: Livia Dickman, 24, Ashdod rabbinical judge Elimelech Wasserman, 73, and Hannah Ifergan, who was in her 60s. The two perpetrators got out of a vehicle at around 7:40 a.m. and opened fire at people at a bus stop.

Police said two off-duty soldiers and an armed civilian in the area returned fire, killing the two terrorists.

According to the Shin Bet security agency, the two gunmen were Hamas members and were previously jailed for terror activity.

Murad was jailed from 2010 to 2020 for planning terror attacks under the direction of terror elements in the Gaza Strip, and Ibrahim was jailed in 2014 for undisclosed terror activity, the agency has said.

In its claim of responsibility for the attack, Hamas notes that the assault comes in response to Israel’s war against the terror group in the Gaza Strip and the killing of two children in the West Bank’s Jenin yesterday.

Adam Al-Ghoul (8) and Basel Abu Al-Wafa (15), as well as two senior terror commanders, were killed yesterday by Israeli forces in Jenin. Hamas claimed 15-year-old Al-Wafa as one of its members.

The terror group also calls for an “escalation of resistance,” and says that “the heroes of our people are mobilizing to avenge the blood of the martyrs.”

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