Israel’s Shin Bet security service on Wednesday identified the man killed in a shooting attack on the shores of Jerusalem’s Old City.
“The terror organization Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack,” a statement said, citing a statement by Hamas’ military wing, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
“The security forces identified a terrorist [Wajih al-Saadi] with a belt of explosives and multiple knives who attempted to infiltrate into the (Western) Wall and shooting at security forces stationed on its perimeter,” the statement continued.
Following the attack, Israel issued a warning to Muslim worshippers to go home, saying that the action was being taken “in response to the stabber’s fanaticism and violence against security forces.”
One attacker was killed in the shoot-out, with four other attackers remaining at large, the service said.
The attacker was the son of a member of a local municipal committee, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Tuesday’s attack happened outside the Haram al-Sharif compound, which includes the Temple Mount – Judaism’s holiest site – and is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.