Mu’taz Hijazi, 32, from the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem has been killed by Jerusalem Police, early Thursday morning, according to a report by Khaled Abu Toameh. Hijazi is a member of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, and spent 11 years in jail.
The gunfight was connected to the assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist Yehudah Glick Wednesday night.
“Three police Yamam counter terrorist units surrounded a house in the Abu Tor neighborhood of Jerusalem as part of the search for the suspect who shot Yehuda Glick outside the Begin Center last night,” Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com Thursday morning.
“As soon as they surrounded the house, shots were fired at them from inside the house. The forces returned fire, and shot and killed the suspect,” Rosenfeld explained. “There is heightened security in Jerusalem with an emphasis on the Old City to prevent any incidents from taking place,” the police spokesperson added.
Police are examining the gun, to see if it was the weapon used to shoot Yehuda Glick.
The Begin Center, where Yehuda Glick was shot last night, is located right next to Abu Tor, a mixed Arab-Jewish neighborhood.
Glick is in serious but stable condition, following surgery at Sharei Tzedek Hospital.
For prayers, Glick’s full Hebrew name is: Yehuda Yehoshua ben Rivka Ita Breindel.