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>> Emergency services at the scene of a deadly shooting in the West Bank. Three Israeli police guards killed, and a fourth wounded, in a suspected Palestinian gun attack at a Jewish settlement. Many residents of Har Adar in mourning. Police say the gunman tried to enter as part of a group of Palestinian laborers who work in the settlements.
He raised suspicion of security posted at the entrance checkpoint, and then shot his victims at close range. The gunman, identified by authorities as 37 year old Nimr Jamal, was shot and later died. Israeli security services say he had significant personal issues. He had an Israeli permit to work in the settlements, which are issued only after security vetting.
Reuters' Jeffrey Heller is in Jerusalem.>> The attack comes two months after a similar incident in a Jewish settlement where three Israelis were killed by a Palestinian assailant who was armed with a knife. But Netanyahu at least is holding back, he's not cancelling work permits for all Palestinians, per se.
He says that he is cancelling work permits for this particular assailant's relatives. And he's also ordered that the assailant's house be destroyed. So it is ramping up tension at a time when the United States wants to see more movement towards peace. Whether they'll be able to achieve that, well, that's anybody's guess.
>> Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the attack on what he calls Palestinian incitements. The issue of settlements is controversial between Israelis and the Palestinians, who see them as an obstacle to peace. No group has claimed responsibility, but Hamas, the Islamic movement in Gaza, welcomes the incident. Calling it a normal reaction to crimes of occupation on Palestinian land.
Tuesday's shooting in the Har Adar community comes just before the Jewish holidays, and amid increased security.