Arab Terrorists Attack Jerusalem's Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva: 8 Dead
(IsraelNN.com) Two Arab terrorists infiltrated Jerusalem's Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva at around 8:30 Thursday night and murdered eight Jews. At least 40 people have been wounded; one is in critical condition and a second victim was wounded moderately.
The attackers entered from two separate entrances to the yeshiva and opened fire on the students before one of them was gunned down himself. The dead terrorist was apparently killed at the main entranceway to the building.
The second terrorist apparently escaped and may be hiding in the yeshiva building, although current reports indicate that attacker has also been killed. Security forces are deployed in the surrounding neighborhood, with police scouring the yeshiva and connected buildings. All the students have been evacuated, according to police spokesmen.
50 ambulances responded to the scene, which emergency responders have called "a major incident."
The Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva is located near the entrance to Jerusalem, in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood. The yeshiva, founded by Rabbi Avaraham Yitzhak Kook, is at the heart of the national-religious movement in Israel.