• Lexi Ponder

Two Israeli guards and one policeman killed in shooting

On Sept. 26, 2017, three Israelis were killed during a shooting attack between Israel and the West Bank. According to a spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, the attack happened at Har Adar, which is an Israeli settlement located on the border.

Police said the attacker came to the back gate of the Har Adar and opened fire on the security standing there. The attack killed two Israeli security guards and one policeman. The policeman was identified as Sergeant Solomon Gavria, a 20-year-old border police officer. CNN also stated that another Israeli was injured from a bullet wound to the stomach. Police confirmed the bullet was from the murder weapon, a pistol. The paramedic at the scene, Nir Buzaglo, said that the men were in their 20’s and 30’s.

According to CNN, Rosenfeld mentioned that “he understood the shooter was a ‘lone wolf’ attacker and was not affiliated to any terrorist organizations.” The “alleged” attacker was later killed by police and was identified to be a 37-year-old Palestinian man from the village of Beit Surik.

Before this incident, just months before, two more police officers were killed in an attack in Jerusalem’s Old City. This led Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to promise Israel that they would “chase down the terrorists, those that incite them.” Along with his statement, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin stated that his heart went out to those families who lost loved ones in the attacks.