Israeli security forces on Sunday sealed off the home of the terrorist who killed seven and wounded three more in a shooting rampage on Friday night in Jerusalem.
Alqam Khayri, 21, who was shot and killed by police, was a resident of the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of a-Tur.
Israeli authorities have also arrested more than 40 suspects in connection with the shooting, many of them relatives or acquaintances of the terrorist, who held an Israeli ID card.
Sealing the homes of terrorists often precedes demolishing them, a process that could take several months given that the structures need to be mapped out by the military, and court battles sometimes ensue.
Meanwhile, authorities on Sunday simultaneously began the process of destroying illegal Arab structures in eastern Jerusalem, in accordance with a directive from National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, who reportedly ordered such steps be taken immediately after Friday’s attack.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday night to respond to the two Palestinian terrorist attacks in Jerusalem over Shabbat quickly and decisively.
“Our response will be strong, swift and precise. Whoever tries to harm us—we will harm them and everyone who assists them,” said Netanyahu at a meeting of the Security Cabinet.
On Saturday morning, a Palestinian terrorist shot two Israelis, a father and son, near the entrance to the City of David National Park adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City.
Police said the attacker, a 13-year-old from the nearby Silwan/Shiloach neighborhood, was shot and neutralized by an off-duty IDF officer. He was arrested and taken to Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus for treatment.
Kan News identified the terrorist as Muhammad Aliyat.