Three Israelis were murdered, becoming the latest victims of the seemingly endless wave of Palestinian terror attacks taking place on a near hourly basis over the last few days.
The relentless wave of Palestinian terror continued to strike in the capital on Tuesday, with three terror attacks causing multiple Israeli casualties, including three Israeli citizens who were murdered.
In one incident, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed an Israeli victim at the entrance to the city. He was shot and neutralized by Israeli security forces shortly after.
Simultaneously, a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into pedestrians on Malchei Yisrael Street in the center of town and then assaulted his victims with a butcher’s meat cleaver.
Four Israelis were wounded, one of them died of his wounds. According to initial reports, an Israeli motorist who witnessed the attack rammed his car into the terrorist, neutralizing him.
The terrorist was captured alive. He was later identified as Alaa Abu Jamal, a resident of Jerusalem and an employee of the Bezeq phone company.
In the third and most severe incident, two Palestinian terrorists fired on the number 78 bus at the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, causing multiple casualties. They proceeded to stab and wound other victims.
One Israeli, in his 60s, succumbed to his wounds and died. Another victim succumbed to his wounds and died shortly after. At least 12 Israelis were wounded; three in critical condition, and four in serious condition.
Both terrorists were shot by security forces. One died, and the second was critically wounded. Police say they are 22-24 years old.
Eye witnesses described a disastrous and most difficult scene.
This complex attack is unprecedented in the terror wave of the last month. According to Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat, the attack was well organized, carried out by a terror cell and was not the work of a so-called “lone wolf.”
Armon Hanatziv is adjacent to the Arab neighborhood of Jabl Moukabr, which has been the source of several terror attacks.
In a fourth incident, Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian terrorist who assaulted them at the Damascus Gate at the entrance to the Old City. No Israeli casualties were reported.
These are the seventh, eighth and ninth Palestinian terror attacks Israel has experienced in the past 24 hours.
Israel has been experiencing a spate of Palestinian terror attacks throughout the country, and especially in the capital, over the past weeks.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened security officials for urgent meeting later in the day. Chief of Police Bentzi Sau stated at the site of the Armon Hanatziv attack that he will present the government with a new operational plan to upgrade Israel’s war on the Palestinian wave of terror.
Hamas expressed joy after the string of attacks, lauding the terrorists as “heroes.” The Palestinian Authority remains silent.
By: Max Gelber, United with Israel
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