Hamas Admits Responsibility For Terror Shooting That Killed Israeli Security Guard, Vows More Attacks
Hamas: Friday’s “heroic” terror attack “will not be the last one, with [Allah’s] help.”
The Gaza-based jihadi group Hamas has claimed responsibility for the terrorist shooting that killed an Israeli security guard in the city of Ariel.
Hamas’s Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades praised the cowardly attack carried out by two of its members as “heroic” and vowed that it “will not be the last one, with [Allah’s] help.”
Hamas’s Gaza-based chief also lauded the deadly shooting and promised to unleash further terrorist attacks against Israelis. “On Sunday, Hamas’s leader in the Gaza Strip called for more attacks against Israelis in the West Bank, saying the ‘real battle arena is there,'” the Associated Press noted on Tuesday. “In a speech, Yehiyeh Sinwar saluted the attackers who killed the guard,” the news agency added.
The 23-year-old Israeli security guard was shielding his fiancée when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire on them. “He was guarding the entrance of the West Bank settlement with his fiancée, Victoria Fiegelman. When the attackers began shooting, he shielded her with his body, saving her life,” the Jerusalem Post reported the attack on Friday.
The Times of Israel reported the Hamas statement:
In a rare move, Hamas’s military wing claimed responsibility on Monday for a terror shooting that left an Israeli security guard dead at the entrance to the West Bank settlement of Ariel on Friday night.
“This operation comes within a series of responses to the defiling of our Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and aggression against it,” the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades said in a statement. (…)
The “heroic, quality” attack “will not be the last one, with God’s help,” the Qassam Brigades said.
Hamas’s military wing has rarely issued statements taking responsibility for attacks in recent years. Even when avowed Hamas members committed attacks — such as when an East Jerusalem schoolteacher killed an Israeli in the Old City last January — the terror group praised rather than claimed the killings.
Following a manhunt, Israeli security forces arrested two Palestinian suspects identified as 19-year-old Yahyah Maree and 20-year-old Yousef A’ssi. At least one of them is affiliated with Hamas, the Israeli news website Ynet News confirmed.
Since mid-March, Hamas, Islamic State, and other Palestinian terrorist groups have killed 16 Israelis in a wave of terror triggered by the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
The Ramadan festivities, which ended on Sunday, also led to widespread Palestinian rioting and violence on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Palestinian gangs pelted stones, assaulted Jewish worshipers in the Holy City, and held angry demonstrations where they called for the massacre of Jews. In a Ramadan sermon broadcasted by the Palestinian Authority TV, an imam prayed for the extermination of the Jews. “Allah, delight us with the extermination of the evil Jews,” he said.
[Author’s note: City of Ariel in Israel’s Samaria region, is home to a prestigious university by the same name. I visited the city in January 2016, and meet with the local mayor, university officials, and a group of Postdoctoral Fellows from India.]DONATE
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