The name of the third victim of Tuesday’s terror attack was released on Tuesday afternoon: Ohr Arish, Hy”d, a 25-year-old resident of Har Adar, the town where the attack took place earlier Tuesday. The names of the two other victims, both security officers, were announced earlier. They were Solomon Gevriya, Hy”d, a 20-year-old border guard officer and resident of Be’er Yaakov, outside of Tel Aviv, and Yussuf Othman, z”l, a resident of the Arab town of Abu Ghosh, who was employed as a security guard at the checkpoint at Har Adar where the terrorist, Mahmoud Ahmad Gamal, 37, a resident of the village of Beit Suriq, opened fire with a handgun.
Injured in the attack was an Israeli in his 30s, who was shot in the chest by Gamal. He was brought to Hadassah Ein-Kerem Hospital in critical condition, and doctors immediately operated on him. After lengthy treatment, the hospital upgraded his condition to moderate Tuesday afternoon. The injured victim was the chief security officer of Har Adar.
For Gevriya, it was the second time he was involved in a terror attack. He was injured in October 2016 just a few meters from the site of Tuesday’s attack. Gevriya was part of a patrol that was examining a stream that runs outside the town for signs of terrorist presence, when a terrorist jumped out and stabbed Gevriya, injuring him in the hand. The assailant quickly ran away in the direction of Beit Suriq — the same village that Gamal emerged from. Gevriya made a full recovery and returned to patrol the Har Adar area, where another terrorist unfortunately murdered him Tuesday.
In its first statement on the attack, the Palestinian Authority said that the deaths of the three Israelis were Israel’s fault: “The responsibility is Israel’s, due to its ongoing violence against Palestinians.”
Speaking earlier, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that he “expects Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas to condemn this attack.”