Five shot dead near Tel Aviv, Israel

Five shot dead near Tel Aviv, Israel

Five people were shot dead by a Palestinian gunman near Tel Aviv, Israeli police said; marking the third such attack in Israel within a week.

The attack started in the ultra-orthodox city of Bnei Brak, just east of Tel Aviv.
A police spokesperson said a preliminary investigation found that at least one assailant.
The attacker was Dia Hamarsheh, 27, from a village near Jenin in the West Bank, according to Israeli police. He was armed with an M-16 assault rifle, the police said.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades; the armed wing of the Palestinian Fatah movement; took responsibility for the attack and said it was “a clear message written in blood in response to the Negev summit”; referring to the historic meeting hosted by Israel earlier this week with foreign ministers from four Arab countries and the United States.

Among the five dead was a police officer who engaged with the attacker, police said in a statement. One of the five victims was Yechezkel Avishai David, 30; who was holding his baby when the shooter killed him, police said. The baby was unhurt.
Two Ukrainian citizens; who were sitting in front of a convenience store; got killed in the shooting.
The Ukrainian victims were not refugees; and had already been in the country prior to the start of Russia’s war on their country; according to Israeli media.
The other two Israelis killed in the attack were identified as Shalom Yaakov Israel, 37, from Bnei Brak; and 32-year-old Police Sergeant Amir Khoury.
The attack came the day after a landmark regional summit in Israel’s Negev desert; saw top diplomats from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Israel and the United States meet to discuss security issues.
The death toll from Tuesday’s attack brings the number of people killed in such attacks in the last week to 11.
Last Tuesday, four people were killed in the southern city of Be’er Sheva in a stabbing and ramming attack by a man who had been previously arrested for supporting ISIS.

On Sunday, two assailants affiliated with ISIS killed two and wounded six in a shooting attack in Hadera, about 31 miles north of Tel Aviv.

In a tweet, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that “Israel is facing a wave of murderous Arab terrorism.”
“My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones tonight; and I pray for the well-being of the wounded,” he wrote. “The security forces are working. We will fight terror with perseverance, stubbornness and an iron fist. They will not move us from here.”

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