A Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis at a West Bank settlement on Tuesday before being shot dead, in an attack that Palestinian militant group Hamas called a "new chapter" of a Palestinian uprising. The man had a work permit and entered the settlement at a back entrance with other construction workers before border policemen stopped him for suspicious behaviour, at which point he pulled a gun from underneath his shirt. Security personnel shot him dead in response.
The 37-year-old attacker from the West Bank village of Beit Surik killed an Israeli border policeman and two security guards at the settlement of Har Adar, situated west of Jerusalem. In reaction to the attack, Hamas did not claim responsibility but suggested the attack was related to alleged Israeli moves to impose its identity on the contested city of Jerusalem.
A Hamas spokesmen Hazzam Qassam said that "the terror attack in the Jerusalem area is a new chapter in the Al-Quds intifada that proved all attempt to Judaize the city will not change the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab and Islamic city, whose residents and tourists will redeem in blood or life."
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