On Thursday, Hamas terrorists killed three Israeli civilians and injured several others in a point-blank shooting at a busy bus stop in West Jerusalem. Off-duty Israeli troops shot and killed the militants on the spot.
The incident happened only hours after the Gaza-based terrorist organization agreed to extend a cease-fire with the Israeli military for a seventh day in order to continue exchanging hostages for Palestinian detainees detained in Israeli jails.
Video footage of the attack shows two attackers arriving at the bus stop in a car, leaving, and opening fire on the crowd with a handgun and a rifle.
As the mob disperses, the attackers attempt to re-enter their car, but are shot dead by three men later identified as two off-duty soldiers and a civilian by police.
At least three Israeli citizens were killed, and at least eight were injured. One of the victims was a 74-year-old rabbi, according to Israeli media.
Shortly after, Hamas claimed responsibility, calling the incident “a natural response to unprecedented crimes committed by the Occupation [Israel],” citing the Israeli military operation in Gaza and alleged abuse of Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails.
On October 7, Hamas terrorists launched a surprise attack against Israeli towns and cities, before deploying militants into Israel to take settlements and military outposts near the Gaza border.
The terrorist organization brought roughly 240 hostages to the strip, with more than 80 of them released since the truce began last week. The October 7 incident killed around 1,200 Israelis.
Israel responded by commencing a bombing assault on Gaza, followed by the deployment of troops at the end of October.
According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the Jewish state has received widespread worldwide condemnation for its military campaign, which has killed nearly 15,000 Palestinians. According to the ministry, women and children account for almost two-thirds of this total.
The shooting in West Jerusalem has had no effect on the cease-fire. When the ceasefire expires, Israel intends to resume its offensive in Gaza, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declaring on Thursday that “I swore to eradicate Hamas.” Nothing will stand in our way.”