In a horrifying incident earlier today, two terrorists opened fire on civilians at a bus stop near the Givat Shaul intersection in Jerusalem, resulting in the death of three Israelis and injuring ten others. The attackers, identified as Murad and Ebrahim Namer, both residents of East Jerusalem aged 38 and 30, were swiftly neutralized by a combination of soldiers and a civilian present at the scene.
Commander Doron Turgeman of the Jerusalem police district reported that the assailants arrived at the location in a vehicle, armed with a pistol and an M-16 rifle. The police disclosed that two members of the security forces and a civilian in the vicinity effectively responded, managing to neutralize the threat.
The Namer brothers, known to be affiliated with Hamas, had a history of involvement in terrorist activities, with Murad serving a prison term from 2010 to 2020 on suspicion of participating in terrorism linked to Gaza residents. Cartridges containing hundreds of bullets were discovered in the vehicle used by the attackers.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gabir, who visited the scene, stated that this attack exemplifies the dual stance of Hamas. He emphasized the importance of the policy of distributing weapons to civilians, linking it to the incident.
In response to the attack, barriers have been set up at the entrance to the Umm Lison neighborhood, where the terrorists resided. It was noted that five recently released prisoners in the neighborhood were not affiliated with Hamas but rather with Fatah.
This tragic event underscores the ongoing security challenges faced by Jerusalem, prompting renewed concerns about the complex dynamics in the region. Authorities are conducting further investigations to understand the full scope of the incident and prevent future occurrences.