On Saturday night, Israeli President Isaac Herzog sent his condolences to the families of the two people killed in terrorist strikes in Jerusalem the previous day.
The tragic terrorist strikes in Jerusalem over Shabbat have broken my heart. Seven unarmed individuals who had just welcomed Shabbat into their homes and communities were killed in a terrible terrorist attack. May the blessings of their memories continue,” Herzog said in a statement.
“This morning in synagogue, as the cantor recited the El Malei Rachamim prayer for the souls of the victims of the attack, there was not a single dry eye among the worshippers, including me. We were all moved together. These awful terror attacks remind us again of a simple and painful truth: Whatever disagreements we may have between us, against our enemies, who want to harm us and rise to kill us, we must maintain our unity,” Herzog added.
A terrorist gun attack occurred at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Ya’akov neighborhood on Friday night, leaving seven people dead and numerous others injured.
Since the attack, Israeli security authorities have detained scores of suspects.
The terrorist, 21-year-old Alqam Khayri, from the eastern Jerusalem district of a-Tur, who was shot and killed by police during the attack, is related to or knows several more than 40 persons who have been detained.
Another Palestinian terrorist opened fire on an Israeli father and son early on Saturday morning near the entrance to the City of David National Park, which is situated next to Jerusalem’s Old City.
According to the Magen David Adom emergency medical service, the victims were treated on the spot for upper body gunshot wounds before being evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in a severe but stable condition.
Later, the father’s health became moderate.
According to the police, armed locals shot and stopped the attacker, a 13-year-old from the adjacent Silwan/Shiloach area.
He was detained and transported to Mount Scopus’ Hadassah Medical Center for treatment.
The terrorist was named Muhammad Aliyat by the Kan national broadcaster.
Kobi Shabtai, the commissioner of the Israel Police, issued an order on Saturday to raise the alert level in the capital to the maximum level.
Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, has authorized the deployment of reinforcements in Judea and Samaria in anticipation of the potential escalation of Palestinian hostilities.