A shooting at a bus station near Jerusalem on Thursday morning left three Israelis dead and 11 others with various injuries.

According to Israeli police, the shooting was carried out by two Hamas terrorists who drove to the Givat Shaul junction on the outskirts of the Holy City in an armed vehicle and opened fire on unsuspecting victims standing there.

Police responded to the bus stop at around 7:40 a.m. local time.


The three deceased victims of the shooting attack in Jerusalem were identified as 73-year-old Rabbi Elimelech Wasserman, 67-year-old Hana Ifergan, and 24-year-old Livia Dickman.

Israeli police said the two shooters, who were from east Jerusalem, were shot and killed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers in the area. A civilian was also shot and killed during the exchange.

Israeli media said the shooters were brothers and associated with Hamas. “The initial investigation indicates that the terrorists arrived to the scene by car in the morning, armed with an M-16 rifle and a handgun,” a Jerusalem District Police spokesperson said.

“At a certain point, the terrorists began shooting at civilians before subsequently being killed at the scene. A police search of the terrorists’ car revealed ammunition and weaponry.”

The surviving victims were transported to two area hospitals with various injuries. Three victims suffering gunshot wounds were taken to the Hadassah Hospital. Four other victims were being treated for non-physical injuries, Israeli officials said.