Migrant worker killed in attack while visiting friend with baby daughter in east Jerusalem

In Jerusalem, an Israeli-Arab migrant worker was killed by a gunman in eastern Jerusalem as he visited a friend with his baby daughter in tow, AFP reports.

According to Israeli news reports, the assailant had first entered the apartment and tried to kidnap the baby girl. When his efforts were rebuffed, he began shooting at the man with an assault rifle, forcing the Israeli-Arab migrant worker to drop his daughter from a window ledge to the ground below.

“At exactly 10:45 am, and according to the assailants’ diary, one of them entered the home of Hassan Sarhan, a 30-year-old Ethiopian migrant, held his one-year-old child, his feet, and shot at the landlord’s office,” a police spokesman told AFP. “The father fell from the window and died instantly. The baby was uninjured but was hospitalized with head injuries.”

Local reports say that after he was shot, the assailant reportedly dropped his AK-47 and ran into a nearby street.

“A terrorist was arrested today in Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp. His real name is Hosam al-Agha, and he was shot after a well-coordinated search operation,” Israeli media report.

In Israel, the Mideast Quartet – the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations – called on both the government and Hamas to reduce the chaos in Gaza, AFP reports.

According to Al Arabiya, member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh hailed the group’s operation, describing it as a “heroic operation” in which Israel was harmed. “There is blood in our veins,” he said in a radio interview, according to Reuters.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also offered praise for the terrorist who carried out the attack, saying: “The sanctity of women and children cannot be attacked, and we will be constantly vigilant.”

The Mideast Quartet – which brings together the European Union, Russia, the United States and the United Nations – called on both the government and Hamas to reduce the chaos in Gaza.

“The Quartet deplores the continued killing and injury of Palestinian civilians by armed groups and the Israeli security forces,” a statement issued late Tuesday by the UN said. “The need for calm must be realigned with the practical needs of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, a worsening humanitarian situation.”

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