Another jihad knife attack took place at the Old City near Jaffa Gate
, and sadly, there were 2 civilians dead, one by accidental police fire while gunning down the 2 assailants:
Two Israeli men are dead, one after being accidentally shot by Border Police officers who killed two knife-wielding Palestinian terrorists that stabbed two Jewish civilians near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate on Wednesday afternoon.
Jerusalem resident Ofer Ben-Ari, 40, a married father of two children, was pronounced dead by a Sha’are Zedek Medical Center official at roughly 7 p.m., following emergency surgery for a bullet wound to his abdomen.
“Despite vigorous efforts to save him, the wounded man has passed away,” Shaare Zedek said in a statement.
The second unidentified man died of multiple stab wounds to the upper torso later on Wednesday night.
The terrorists, identified as Anan Hamad, 20, and Issa Asaf, 21, are both convicted felons from the West Bank’s Qalandiyah refugee camp. Hamad was imprisoned in 2010 after entering the Qalandiyah checkpoint with a knife to attack security personnel; Asaf was incarcerated this year for participating in unspecified terrorist activity.
And thanks to authorities releasing them - doubtless without any effort to ensure psychological counseling - they now led to tragedy. I think the legal system is going to have to answer some serious questions on this.