Four others, including a man whose condition is described as serious, were injured in the incident that happened on Sunday morning at the entrance of the Chain Gate to the Al Aqsa Mosque complex, also known as the Temple Mount.
The alleged attacker who used an improvised automatic weapon commonly known as a Carlo, police say, was shot dead by police officers on the place.
Israel’s public safety minister Omar Bar Lev said the shooter was out of range of Shuafat in East Jerusalem and a member of the political wing of Hamas.
Hamas released a statement identifying the attacker as Fadi Abu Shkaydam, calling him a heroic martyr and described him as a local leader of the movement.
It said the attack was “a response to attempts to desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque.”
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: government ministers he was praying for the recovery of the wounded and had ordered the security forces to prepare for possible “copycat attacks.”
“We need to be on increased alertness and prevention future attack,” he told the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.
The incident comes four days after a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after wearing out a stabbing attack on two Israeli border police in the old town, the police said.
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