A Palestinian shot dead an Israeli policeman and two security guards at the entrance to a settlement near Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, in one of the deadliest attacks in recent years. The attacker, from the neighboring Palestinian village, was also killed, police said. Another Israeli was seriously injured and transferred to hospital.
The militant group Hamas praised the attack, calling it a “new chapter” in Jerusalem’s intifada, but did not claim responsibility. The 37-year-old attacker had a work permit and was crossing from his village of Beit Surik through the security checkpoint to Har Adar just after 7 a.m. when he opened fire, residents and security officials said. The settlement — a wealthy community of luxury villas overlooking Jerusalem established in the 1980s — has a special arrangement that allows around 100 workers to cross inside each day without going through the main West Bank checkpoints.