ZAKA workers at the scene of the Neve Tzuf massacre
ZAKA workers at the scene of the Neve Tzuf massacreYechezkel Itkin

Residents of Neve Tzuf (Halamish) released an official response to Friday night's terror attack in their town.

Three Israelis were murdered and a fourth wounded in the attack perpetrated by a 19-year-old Arab terrorist from a nearby village.

"Last night a celebration of life was turned into a blood bath when a terrorist took the lives of Yosef Salomon, 70, and his children Haya, 46, and Elad, 36 three innocent people sitting at their dining table," the statement said.

"The Salomon family were celebrating the birth of a new grandson with friends and family when the terrorist entered their home.

"This is not the first time that our community has been struck by terror. Our resolve remains strong and we will continue to build a better life for our children, here in our ancestral homeland.

"We have always reached out to our neighbors in peace but the incitement and murder continues.

"We call upon the government of Israel to return security to our community and all of Israel immediately. This was never about metal detectors, the incitement and murder must be brought to a rapid end."

The funerals will take place on Sunday. Details will be released when available.

Israel placed metal detectors at the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City and Temple Mount after three terrorists stabbed two policemen on the Temple Mount on Friday, July 14. However, the Waqf (the Jordanian trust which runs the Temple Mount) refused to comply with the new security measures, sparking rioting and attempts to harm Israeli security forces.