Following Sunday evening’s stabbing and shooting attack at the Central Bus Station in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, during which IDF soldier Omri Levy (19) was killed and many other commuters wounded, candy was distributed to passers-by in the streets of Shuafat, in east Jerusalem, to celebrate the “victory” of the successful act of terrorism against Jews, Israeli news website Walla reported on Monday.
The terrorist, later identified as 21-year-old Muhanad Alukabi of the Israeli Bedouin village of Hura, had wrested the soldier’s rifle, and shot at commuters, before being killed by Israeli security forces.
During the attack, Haptom Zarhum – a migrant worker from Eritrea – was thought to have been an accomplice to the terror attack. He, too, was shot by security forces on the scene and subsequently killed by a mob of angry citizens. Police launched an investigation and were seeking suspects in what Israeli media began calling a “lynch.”
Meanwhile Hamas in the Gaza Strip glorified Alukabi’s attack, with a spokesman calling the event “another heroic act against the occupation, which is in high alert. This confirms the resistance of our people, who will not be deterred by anything.”
He added that the attack at Beer Sheva’s central station was a response to the “fatal executions committed by the occupation army,” Hamas’ epithet for the Israel Defense Forces.