Two dead and a dozen injured in a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv

Two people have died and a dozen have been injured this Thursday in a shooting in the center of Tel Aviv.

The attacker has been located and killed several hours later. he was hidden near a mosque in Jaffain the south of the Israeli city. He is a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank..

security forces they had asked the citizens to remain locked up in their houses while the search and capture tasks were carried out.

Two men in their 30s have been pronounced dead after being evacuated to hospital, three injured are in serious condition and four other people have suffered minor injuries, according to the Israeli emergency service Magem David Adom (MDA).

All this has occurred after an attacker carried out a serious shooting in various points from the center of Tel Aviv, between them a barwhat has been sown by chaos and panic in the coastal city.

The police ask the population to remain calm

Images spread by the media and social networks have shown people running through the streets and the Police trying to catch the aggressor.

This is the fourth attack in Israel in just over two weeks and further escalates the spike in tension generated after three attacks by Arab-Israeli citizens and a Palestinian that resulted in eleven deaths in a few days.

A slightly injured woman is treated by the health services. JACK GUEZ / AFP

More than a thousand police officers, special units and Army soldiers have been deployed on the ground to catch the aggressor, and the Police have appealed to the population to remain calm and “prevent the dissemination of unsubstantiated messages and information that can cause more panic.

After the incident, the sirens of the ambulances and emergency services have marked the atmosphere in the center of Tel Aviv, while passers-by have sought refuge and the injured have been evacuated to the hospital, where some have undergone emergency operations.

A wave of violence hits the country

This Thursday’s shooting occurs after a recent escalation of tension in the region, following three attacks in a few days in Israel – two of them claimed by the Islamic State – that led to one of the episodes with the most fatalities in the country. in a matter of years.

Like the previous attacks, this Thursday it has also been celebrated by the Islamist movement Hamasde facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, although he has not claimed responsibility for the shooting, nor has any other Palestinian armed group.

The attack occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.while Israeli security forces expect tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers from the occupied West Bank for Friday prayers in the Esplanade of the Jerusalem Mosques in a few hours.

The United States condemns the attack

After hearing the news, the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, assured that “Americans are, once again, in mourning with the Israeli people after another deadly terrorist attack that claimed the lives of two innocent victims and wounded to many more in Tel Aviv.

Israeli army special forces guarding the area after the attack. EFE/EPA/ABIR SULTAN

Thus, he has indicated that the hearts of Americans “are with the families and other loved ones of the deceased, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” according to the US State Department in a statement.

In this regard, he explained that the United States closely monitor the evolution of the situation and has said that: “we will continue to be in regular contact with our Israeli partners, with whom we stand firm in the face of terrorism and senseless violence.”

Blinken has sentenced the statement saying that “the memory of the deceased be a blessing”.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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