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Hamas gunman kills Israeli in Jerusalem's Old City, is shot dead by police

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By Reuters

<div> <p><span class="caps">JERUSALEM</span> -A Palestinian gunman from the Islamist group Hamas killed an Israeli and wounded three other people in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday before being shot dead by police, officials said. </p> <p>The incident, the second attack in Jerusalem in four days, occurred near one of the gates to the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third-holiest site in Islam. Jews revere the site as the remnant of two ancient temples. </p> <p>Hamas identified the gunman as one of its leaders in East Jerusalem, among areas where Palestinians seek statehood. </p> <p>Unlike the more moderate Palestinian Authority which governs in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, refuses permanent coexistence with Israel. </p> <p>Britain on Friday banned Hamas, bringing London’s stance in line with the United States and the European Union.</p> <p>“On a morning like this one can draw support from the (British) decision to designate Hamas – including what is called its political wing – as a terrorist organisation,” Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told his cabinet. </p> <p>Sunday’s attack also wounded a second civilian and two Israeli police officers, police said. The dead civilian was identified as a recent Jewish immigrant from South Africa. </p> <p>Israel captured the Old City and other parts of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed them as its capital in a move not recognised internationally.</p> </div>