The attack hit the terraces of Dizengoff Avenue, a district in the heart of Tel Aviv, a hot spot for nightlife, especially on Thursday nights.
Correspondent in Jerusalem,
Israel is hit again by a deadly attack, the fourth in two weeks. The attack hit the terraces of Dizengoff Avenue, a district in the heart of Tel Aviv, a hot spot for nightlife, especially on Thursday nights. The gunshot killed two people in their thirties and left seven injured, several of them in critical condition. Police say a terrorist opened fire emptying his magazine at patrons of a pub on 149 Avenue and other places on the street. He was wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts, a blue backpack and was probably armed with a gun.
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Consumers scrambled to take cover in the backs of establishments or fled in scenes of panic and chaos for cover. Restaurants and shops have barricaded themselves. A manhunt quickly began as security forces and emergency services arrived on the scene. The police have positioned themselves on the perimeter that they have surrounded and are combing, advancing building after building amid onlookers. An impressive device reinforced by army commandos and elite police officers deployed. More than a thousand police and military are mobilized in the search operation.
The terrorist wave seems endless. On March 22, four Israelis were stabbed to death in Beersheba., victim of an Israeli Bedouin imprisoned for a time for wanting to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS). On March 27, two border policemen, including a French-Israeli, were shot dead in Hadera by an ISIS-inspired Israeli Arab. On March 30, two Israeli civilians, two Ukrainian citizens and a police officer were killed in Bnei Brak by a Palestinian from the West Bank. These crimes were not related to each other and are similar to individual actions. In the following days, the repression in Israel resulted in the arrest of dozens of people suspected of being close to IS and increased operations in the north of the West Bank, where three members of Islamic Jihad were killed in a shootout.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Israel had thwarted more than 15 terror attacks in the past two weeks, calling the wave of attacks that left 11 dead a “warning signal.” Tensions have been high since the start of the Ramadan holiday earlier this month and the cycle of violence could accelerate. Already in 2016 there was a shooting in a cafe on Dizengoff Street with the same toll: two dead and several injured. The Israeli Arab assailant was killed by the police a few days later.
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