The Palestinian terrorist who carried out a fatal exchange of fire in Tel Aviv was shot dead by security forces in the neighboring city of Jaffa on Friday morning, where he was hiding next to a mosque.
It was the fourth terrorist attack in two weeks and brought the death toll to 13.
Two people were killed when 28-year-old Raad Hazem, from the West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, began a killing spree in downtown Tel Aviv on Thursday night. Hazem, who was in Israel illegally, had no criminal record and no known ties to terrorist organizations.
Terrifying video of pedestrians fleeing the scene of tonight’s terrorist attack in central Tel Aviv that injured at least five people, several seriously.pic.twitter.com/BXclhSk1Wf
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Thursday night is the busiest night of the week for leisure activities in Israel as the five-day work week ends on this day. Dizengoff Street, one of Tel Aviv’s main thoroughfares, is lined with bars and restaurants that fill up on Thursday nights.
The shooter first opened fire outside of Ilka, a bar with outdoor seating. The gunman then left the scene and continued firing down a side street, narrowly missing another man who had exited the bar after the attack began.
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Ten people were taken to Ichilov Hospital with gunshot wounds. Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini, two friends aged 27 and 28, died in the attack. Another four were in critical condition and four others were described as being in good to moderate condition.
One of the wounded who was taken to hospital in “good to moderate condition” was Ra’anan Shimon, 32, who was drinking a beer at the bar when he was shot in the face. Medics described his situation as “a miracle” because the bullet entered his right cheek and exited his left.
Four other victims were taken to other hospitals.
A nine-hour manhunt ensued, with 1,000 police and security personnel dispatched to the area. The manhunt ended when the terrorist was killed in a shootout outside a mosque in Jaffa, a mixed Arab-Jewish city bordering Tel Aviv. Residents of both towns, who share a community, have been told to stay indoors as the terrorist was at large.
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday condemned the attack and warned of “copycat attacks” in the coming days, while Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said: “Young Israelis who have harmed no one were murdered tonight just because they were Israelis.
“This terrorism is the poisoned fruit of the ongoing incitement by terrorist organizations,” he added. “We will fight terrorism uncompromisingly.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also rarely condemned the attack, his second in a week. However, his statement ensured that both Palestinian and Israeli casualties were mentioned. This is consistent with his government’s practice of mourning terrorists.
“The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only serves to further worsen the situation as we all strive for stability, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Christian and Jewish holidays,” Abbas said.
In the same statement, Abbas warned of revenge attacks and other “provocative actions by extremist Israeli settlers.”