The names of the three Israelis who were murdered in the Har Adar shooting attack have been released: 20-year-old Israel Border Police officer Solomon Gavriyah, security guard Youssef Ottman and 25-year-old Har Adar resident Or Arish.
The scene of the attack and the three murdered Israelis Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/Channel 2 News
Three Israelis were murdered and one critically injured Tuesday morning in a shooting terror attack at the entrance gate to Har Adar near Jerusalem. One of the victims has been named as Border Police Staff Sergeant Solomon Gavriyah, 20, from Be’er Ya’akov. His funeral will take place today at 5:00 PM at the military section of the Be’er Ya’akov cemetery. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
Gavriyah enlisted about a year and a half ago and had been serving in the greater Jerusalem area. About a year ago, he was injured in his hand by a terrorist who attacked him with a knife. He fully recovered from the injury and returned to serve in the Israel Border Police.
Solomon Gavriyah Photo Credit: Border Police Spokesperson/Channel 2 News
The two other Israelis who were murdered have been identified as Youssef Ottman and Or Arish. Both worked as security guards at the settlement. Ottman was in his 20s and from the nearby Arab town of Abu Ghosh. 25-year-old Arish was a resident of Har Adar.
The fourth victim suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body and is in a serious but stable condition at a hospital in Jerusalem.
Youssef Ottman Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh arrived at the scene. “As we can see, the threats have now moved to the home front,” said Alsheikh. “This time, they chose a town that is on the border of Judea and Samaria and the Green Line. This [the terrorist] is a worker who had a work permit for the town and who was known to those who bring in the workers in the morning.”
Alsheikh also praised the Border Police officers and said that their quick response prevented the terrorist from entering the settlement. “He could have entered the town and continued his murderous mission,” said Alsheikh. The commissioner then addressed the fact that the terrorist does not seem to fit the recognized profile associated with lone-wolf terrorists and explained that there isn’t a standard profile for terrorists as they can be anyone- young, old, married, male or female.