For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
Three Israelis killed, one wounded, in stabbing attack in West Bank: Terrorist breaks into home in settlement of Halamish, stabs family at Shabbat dinner as young children hide; attacker shot by IDF soldier on leave
Paramedics said two men, one in his 60s and another in his 40s, and a woman in her 40s, died of their wounds sustained in the attack in a home in a settlement. The three — a father and his son and daughter — were initially listed in critical condition.
The mother, in her 60s, was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in serious condition.
According to a preliminary investigation, the terrorist, a Palestinian youth from a nearby village, arrived in the settlement on foot armed with a knife, climbed a fence and chose the last house on a street near it.
The perpetrator broke a window and entered the home, surprising a family of about 10 inside as they were finishing their Shabbat dinner before launching his stabbing spree, Channel 10 reported.
One of the women in the house hid a number children in one of the rooms, from which she called the police and began shouting into the neighborhood that a terrorist was inside the home.
Palestinian media identified the terrorist as Omar Al-Abed al-Jalil, 19, from the village of Kaubar, near Ramallah.
An IDF soldier on leave in a nearby home responded to the screams and shot and wounded the terrorist through the window, Channel 10 reported.
After initial questioning, the terrorist revealed he bought the knife two days ago wanting to commit a terror attack because of events surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The attack came after a day of heavy clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police in and around Jerusalem over new security measures at the sensitive site following a terror attack last Friday in which three Israeli Arabs killed two Israeli police officers at the site.
Israeli media, citing Palestinian sources, reported that two hours before the attack in Halamish on Friday, the terrorist published a post on Facebook calling for the need to defend the al-Aqsa mosque, which sits on the Temple Mount alongside the Dome of the Rock sanctuary.
The IDF released a photo of the post in which he wrote, according to a translation: “I have many dreams and aspirations. I know that with Allah my dreams will come true. I loved life, making people smile, but what kind of life is this? They kill our women and youth, defile our Aqsa while we sleep.”
“Take your weapons and resist… I only have a knife and it will answer the call of Al-Aqsa. You start a war amongst us and Allah will judge you for it,” he wrote.
“I hope that after me there will come men who beat you with an iron fist. I know I am going and will not return,” he wrote bidding farewell to his family.
A senior IDF official said that the terrorist was affiliated with Hamas but was not an activist.
Hamas praised the attack as “heroic,” and said it came after “Israel’s attacks on the rights of our people in Jerusalem and at Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Security forces said they were looking for any additional suspects in the Halamish attack.
MDA paramedics described a “very difficult” scene in the house in the settlement, also known as Neve Tsuf.
“When we went into the house we saw four casualties lying [on the floor] with stab wounds. Three of them were unconscious, with no pulse and [were] not breathing,” said Ohad Amitoun with Magen David Adom.
“Another 60-year-old woman was conscious and suffered stab wounds to her upper body. She was treated at the scene and was evacuated by an MDA intensive care ambulance.She was in moderate-serious condition,” he added.
A photo from the scene showed the floor in the kitchen covered in blood from the victims.
|A photo released by the Israeli army showing |
the scene of a terror attack in a home in the
settlement of Halamish on Friday, July 22, 2017. (IDF)