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TERROR SHOOTING AT ENTRANCE TO JERUSALEM – 3 killed, 11 wounded, 2 terrorists eliminated

The soldier who helped kill the terrorists was on 12-hour leave from Gaza to visit family

Israeli security at the scene of a terror shooting attack at the entrance to Jerusalem, Nov. 30, 2023. Photo by Chaim Goldberg/Flash90

At around 7:38 a.m. on Thursday morning, two terrorists opened fire at a bus stop near the Western entrance of Jerusalem.

A 24-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man, evacuated from the scene of the attack, were killed in the attack. At least 11 other people were injured in the shooting.

The 73-year-old man was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Eleven others were reported as evacuated from the scene by first responders, including four in serious condition.

Another man was pronounced dead almost an hour after arriving at the hospital, however, further details have not yet been released.

Initial reports said that an armed Israeli civilian and a soldier engaged the terrorists and were joined by Israeli security forces arriving at the scene, killing the two terrorists. The soldier had been on 12-hour temporary leave from Gaza to visit his family and was on his way to rejoin his unit when the shooting took place.

The two terrorists were reportedly residents of East Jerusalem who drove to the scene of the attack and opened fire with an M-16 and a handgun.

Police reportedly found magazines with hundreds of bullets in the vehicle the terrorists were driving.

The Shin Bet security agency announced a couple of hours after the attack that the terrorists were brothers, Murad Nimr, 38, and Ibrahim Nimr, 30, both affiliated with the Hamas terror organization. In addition, both had a history of incarceration in Israeli prisons.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Maj.-Gen. Doron Turgeman provided an official statement from the scene of the attack.

"This was a shooting attack in which a vehicle arrived at 07:38 with two armed terrorists, one with a rifle and one with a pistol, who charged at people standing at the station. Two soldiers and a civilian neutralized the assailants, and both were eliminated, there are two dead and eight wounded."

Medical teams arrived on the scene almost immediately due to the proximity of the shooting attack to the headquarters of United Hatzalah rescue services, about half a mile from the shooting.

"United Hatzalah medical teams are providing medical treatment to a number of casualties at the scene of an unusual incident on Shazar Boulevard near the entrance to Jerusalem," a United Hatzalah spokesperson said.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Jack Lew condemned the shooting attack in Jerusalem, posting a message to social media.

It was announced later that the 73-year-old man who was killed in the shooting was Rabbi Elimelech Wasserman, 73, who was on his way to the rabbinical court in Ashdod, where he continued to volunteer after his retirement.

Reports in Palestinian media said that Israeli security forces raided the home of the two brothers who carried out the attack, and were interrogating family members.

This is a developing story – details will be updated as they become available.


The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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