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6 Israelis wounded, one seriously, in terror shooting in Ma’ale Adumim

Six Israelis were shot and wounded, one of them seriously, in a terror attack in the West Bank settlement city of Ma’ale Adumim on Tuesday afternoon, police and medical officials said.

According to law enforcement officials, the Palestinian terrorist opened fire at a group of people, including diners at a burger restaurant, in a plaza outside a main shopping mall in the settlement, before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer while attempting to flee the scene.

The Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service said one of the victims, a man in his 40s, was listed in serious condition. Four victims — a 14-year-old boy and men aged 28, 29 and 37 — were listed in moderate condition, MDA said. Another man in his 20s was lightly hurt, according to hospital officials.

The six were taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem for treatment.

Police said an off-duty Border Police officer, who was about to get a haircut at a nearby barbershop, heard gunfire and shouting. He rushed to the scene to search for the terrorist, who had fled.

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“The terrorist started shooting at the officer,” police said, adding that he engaged with the gunman and killed him.

Police and medical personnel at the scene of a terror attack in the West settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, August 1, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and the head of the Border Police, Deputy Commissioner Brik Yitzhak, headed to the scene, where they spoke with the officer who shot the terrorist.

“I saw a man wearing a reflective vest with a handgun. I wasn’t sure yet if this was the terrorist. I called on him to stop and cocked my gun. He didn’t stop and started to open fire at me. The moment he fired at me I realized it was the terrorist,” the officer told Shabtai.

Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai (right) speaks with an officer (center) who shot a Palestinian terrorist, at the scene of a shooting attack in the West settlement of Ma’ale Adumim, August 1, 2023. (Israel Police)

Speaking to the press, Shabtai said the terrorist “opened fire in all directions,” and the officer “prevented a broader terror attack.”

Footage showed the terrorist, wearing a yellow vest, opening fire at people from within bushes behind a bus stop, then fleeing down a road, where he was shot by the Border Police officer.

Footage shows the shooting attack in Maaleh Adumim, and the moment the terrorist, wearing a yellow vest, was shot dead by a Border Police officer. pic.twitter.com/p2r4jiJEZS

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A worker at the burger restaurant described the moment of the terror attack to the Kan public broadcaster.

“The terrorist was standing outside [the restaurant] and fired two or three shots, hitting one of my customers,” Ravid, who works at Burgers Bar, said. “Another bullet flew by my face and hit the wall.”

The terrorist was identified by the Shin Bet security agency as 20-year-old Mohannad Muhammad Suleiman al-Mazra’a, from the nearby West Bank town of al-Azariya.

The Shin Bet said al-Mazra’a, who worked as a cleaner at a local community center in Ma’ale Adumim, had a permit to work in West Bank settlements, but not in Israel proper.

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The deputy mayor of Ma’ale Adumim said the West Bank settlement city would bar the entry of Palestinian workers until further notice, following the terror attack.

“At the moment there is no entry of workers into the city until further notice. All construction sites in the city were immediately evacuated,” Guy Yifrah said in a statement.

At the time of the terror attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant were holding an assessment at the IDF Central Command headquarters in Jerusalem, which is responsible for military activities in the West Bank.

A statement from Netanyahu’s office said the two were receiving updates on the shooting.

Tensions have remained high in the West Bank, with the military carrying out near-nightly raids amid a series of deadly Palestinian terror attacks in Israel and the West Bank that have killed 25 people since the beginning of the year.