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Two Israeli males were killed while a 22-year-old woman, along with her two-year-old baby, were wounded Saturday night by a Palestinian attacker in the Old City of Jerusalem near Lions’ Gate.
The two males, one of whom was the baby’s father, were evacuated to hospital in critical condition and later declared dead. The baby was lightly wounded and the mother was in moderate-serious condition.
One of the deceased was later identified as Nahmia Lavi (41) obm, a 23-year resident of the Old City and rabbi for the IDF (res). Lavi’s friends said that he descended to the scene of the attack with his handgun to stop the attacker but was stabbed instead and the Palestinian took his weapon.
The deceased father of the baby was identified as Aaron Bennett (24) obm.
The baby and its parents were on their way to pray at the Western Wall.
One female witness manage to escape the scene and alert security forces located some 50 meters from the scene. A police officer rushed to the area where he shot and killed the attacker.
A police spokesperson said the attacker, 19-year-old Mohand Halabi from Ramallah, first stabbed the father of the baby and took his gun, which he used to fire at group of nearby tourists until he was neutralized.
Hamas called the attack “heroic” and said “We support and welcome any resistance activity that harms Israeli soldiers and settlers. Our people in the West Bank are ready to die, to sacrifice themselve to defend the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”