Death Toll in Jerusalem Attack Rises to 5

Police officer who was fatally wounded in the attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem dies of his wounds.

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Elad Benari,

Scene of Har Nof attack
Scene of Har Nof attack
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The death toll in Tuesday’s terrorist attack at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem has risen to five, after an officer who was fatally wounded in the attack died of his wounds Tuesday night.

The latest victim has been identified as Zidan Seyf, 27, a Druze police officer from the Arab town of Yanuh-Jat, located in northern Israel, northeast of the city of Akko.

Seyf was among the officers who arrived at the scene of the attack and, after a shootout, were able to take down the terrorists. He was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital where, after hours of fighting for his life, the doctors pronounced him dead.

He leaves behind a wife, a four-month-old baby, parents and five brothers. He will be brought to rest on Wednesday in Yanuh-Jat.

Four other victims in the attack were Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 'Rosh Kollel' for the 'Torat Moshe' yeshiva and grandson of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik; Rabbi Kalman Levine; Aryeh Kupinsky, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg. 

Police revealed that all four victims were dual citizens, with three holding American citizenship, and the fourth British citizenship.

The four were brought to rest earlier on Tuesday.

Terrorists Ghassan and Uday Jamal stormed the synagogue early Tuesday morning armed with knives, a meat cleaver and a pistol, inflicting horrific wounds on their victims, which also included eight injured - four of them seriously.

Grisly images from inside the synagogue showed prayer books and traditional white prayer shawls drenched in blood, and a wide arc of blood splattered across walls and bookshelves.








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