At least seven were killed and several were injured in a terrorist attack on a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem on Friday evening.
The attack on the Jewish synagogue took place on the Holocaust Memorial Day, which is dedicated to around 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
The terrorist fled the scene after the attack but was later engaged and neutralised by Israeli security personnel, according to Israeli Police.
Terror attack in Jerusalem: 7 innocent civilians were slaughtered in the attack and multiple victims in various conditions. Following a pursuit and fire exchange with the terrorist, police officers neutralized him pic.twitter.com/lcNzNYBypV
— Israel Police (@israelpolice) January 27, 2023
The attack is the latest in the series of attacks in Israel that have killed dozens over the past year. The attack also comes at a time Israeli-Palestinian tension is very high because of casualties in Israeli military raids in West Bank.
The terrorist, who has not yet been identified, is a 21-year-old East Jerusalem resident, according to Israeli Police.
The attack took place at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood at 8:15 p.m. It was described as a massacre of defenseless civilians by the Israel Police.
The Israel Police tweeted, “Terror attack in Jerusalem: seven innocent civilians were slaughtered in the attack and multiple victims in various conditions. Following a pursuit and fire exchange with the terrorist, police officers neutralised him.”
Master Sgt. Dean Elsdunne, International Spokesperson for the Israel Police, said they were first alerted about the attack at 8:15 pm.
He said, “This is one of the most heinous terror attacks that we have seen in recent years and a significant rise in the level of terror. A terrorist came to a synagogue on Neve Ya’akov boulevard in northern Jerusalem. The terrorist opened fire on a multiple number of innocent civilians who were observing the holy Sabhath day.
“As the commotion was going on, people came to see what was going on and the terrorist continued to fire at these innocent civilians. The terrorist attempted to flee by vehicle. Police forces that received the dispatch call came to the scene, encountered the terrorist, and engaged in a crossfire with this terrorist. Shots were fired at our forces and the officers managed to neutralise the terrorist.”
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