City of David shooting attack
City of David shooting attackYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The family of IDF paratrooper N., who was seriously wounded in a shooting attack near the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem last month, updated on Friday that he has made progress in the last week.

"He is already opening his eyes and responding to us by nodding his head yes and no in response to questions. Thank God, there is also a great improvement in his respiratory condition. His condition is still complex and delicate and we pray that the aforementioned trend will continue on a regular basis," the family said.

"We are very grateful for the warm embrace from the entire country, for the many prayers offered by everyone and for the medical team at Shaare Zedek, who are going out of their way to help in any way possible. We look forward and wish to continue bringing good tidings soon and are confident that God will help."

The paratrooper was on a Shabbat vacation when he found himself at the scene of the attack. The IDF stated that despite his serious injury, the officer acted calmly, strove to contact, shot and hit the terrorist. Only afterwards did the officer go to a hospital for medical treatment.

The terrorist who carried out the attack, a 13-year-old boy, took the weapon with which he carried out the attack from his home, boarded a bus and headed towards the scene, where he waited for Jewish passers-by. At around 10:42 a.m. he opened fire on passers-by in the street, wounding two people before being shot and neutralized.

(Israel National News' North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Israel National News articles, however, is Israeli time.)