Two Israeli Druze policemen were murdered and a third was lightly wounded in a terror attack on Friday morning when three Muslim terrorists opened fire at Police forces at the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. The three terrorists were shot and eliminated by police.
The three terrorists arrived at the Temple Mount armed with two Carl Gustav rifles and a handgun. As they approached the Lions’ Gate, they noticed Israel Police officers and opened fired.
The Muslim terrorists then fled towards the mosques in the Temple Mount complex, with police in pursuit. They were shot and eliminated on the spot.
Two of the policemen, Ha’il Satawi and Kamil Shnaan, were taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus in critical condition, where they succumbed to their wounds. The third policeman, 39, was hurt from shrapnel and was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital in light condition.
Ha’il Satawi, 30, from Maghar, was in the Border Police during his army service and in 2012 enlisted as a patrol officer at the Border Police’s Temple Mount Unit. He is survived by his wife, three-weeks-old son, parents and three siblings.
Kamil Shnaan, 22, from Hurfeish, started serving as a patrol officer in the same unit seven months ago. He was the son of former MK Shachiv Shnaan. He is survived by his parents, one brother and three sisters.
The three Muslim terrorists were identified as Israeli Arab citizens from the terror nest of Umm al-Fahm: Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamed Abed al-Atif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Mafdel Jabarin, 19. The terrorists have no previous history of security related offenses, according to the Shin Bet.
Three hours before the attack, two of the terrorists posted a photo of theirs on Facebook with the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the background and wrote: “The smile will be more beautiful tomorrow.” An hour before the terror attack, one of them wrote: “Thank allah and enough.”
The prime minister and the leadership of the defense establishment decided to keep the Temple Mount complex closed for the day, search the area to ensure there are no other weapons hidden there, and maintain the status quo.