Gunman reportedly opened fire on Jews leaving the evening prayers Emergency service personnel and security forces stand near a covered body at the site of a deadly terror shooting attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, on January 27, 2023 © Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

At least eight people have been killed and ten more wounded in a shooting at a Jerusalem synagogue on Friday evening, Israeli media reported. The attacker was killed by security forces while attempting to escape.

The attack took place in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem, in the territory claimed by the Palestinian Authority. At least five people were confirmed dead on the scene. Five of the wounded were taken to area hospitals in critical condition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was briefed on the situation and reportedly called for a “situational assessment” meeting later in the evening. Opposition leader Yair Lapid sent condolences to the families of the victims and called for terrorism to “be dealt with harshly,” according to the Jerusalem Post.