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Days after killing soldier, fugitive gunman was shot dead after attempting another attack

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A Palestinian gunman suspected of killing an Israeli soldier in East Jerusalem earlier this month was shot dead Wednesday evening after he opened fire on security guards near the entrance to the Ma’ale Adumim settlement.

Police officials confirmed that it was Udai Tamimi, whom they said killed the Sergeant. Noa Lazar, 18, was killed while carrying out another attack, injuring a civilian guard at a checkpoint near the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on October 8.

A 24-year-old security guard was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem with a wound in the hand by Magen David Adom ambulance service.

The hospital said it was listed in mild condition.

Security camera footage of Wednesday’s attack showed a prolonged gunfight between Tamimi and security guards.

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Tamimi, 22, fled the scene of the attack earlier this month. He was thought by the police to have been hiding in the Shuafat refugee camp ever since.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid welcomed Tamimi’s killing and, in a statement from his office, offered his condolences to the guards injured in Wednesday’s attack.

Udai Tamimi, 22, from the Shuafat refugee camp, is the suspected hitman behind a deadly attack on Saturday, October 8, 2022, in which a female soldier was shot dead at close range at a checkpoint near the camp in East Jerusalem. (Photo used pursuant to section 27a of the Copyright Act)

We will not stop until we reach out to any terrorist who harms Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. “We will act firmly and without hesitation against terrorism,” Lapid said.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz also praised the security guards who shot Tamimi. Their attention, professionalism and determination prevented further damage to human life.”

“We will catch all terrorists and senders and take action wherever and whenever necessary,” said Gantz.

On Tuesday morning, police arrested eight Palestinians from the Shuafat refugee camp and residents of the town of Anata, near the West Bank, suspected of helping Tamimi escape.

Security forces appear to have carried out an armed attack on the entrance of the West Bank’s Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, near Jerusalem, on October 19, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Intense police activity in Shuafat after the attack sparked days of riots in the refugee camp and other Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.

18-year-old Sergeant Noa Lazar, who was killed in an armed attack in East Jerusalem on October 8, 2022. (Israeli Defense Forces)

Wednesday’s attack came at a time of increasing violence in the West Bank as Palestinian gunmen repeatedly targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

Israeli forces have stepped up arrest raids and counter-terrorism efforts in the West Bank since a series of terror attacks on Israelis in the spring killed 19 people.

An Israeli woman was killed in a suspected attack last month, and four more soldiers were killed in attacks and arrest operations in the West Bank.

A wanted Palestinian arrested in the northern West Bank early Wednesday was reported to be a member of an armed group that has claimed responsibility for multiple gun attacks in the West Bank in recent months.

According to Channel 12 news, Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance driver Fawaz Abadin is suspected of being linked to the group that calls himself the “Lion’s Den”.

The counter-terrorism offensive launched earlier this year resulted in more than 2,000 arrests in midnight raids on Palestinian cities, towns and villages.

It also killed around 100 Palestinians, most of them while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.

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