Tel Aviv: At least seven people were injured in a car-ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on Tuesday by an assailant believed to be a Palestinian from the occupied West Bank, Israeli police said, calling the incident terrorism. Three of the injured were in a serious condition.
The suspect was neutralised by a civilian first- responder, police said. A medic who examined him at the scene told Israel’s Kan radio that he had been shot dead. Israel has been on alert for Palestinian attacks a day after launching a major military operation in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.
Khaled Al-Batsh, a senior official from the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad movement, praised the attack as “an initial and natural response of the resistance towards what is happening in Jenin” although he stopped short of claiming responsibility.
Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem praised the attack, saying that “The heroic” attack in Tel Aviv is the first response to the occupation’s crimes against our people in Jenin.
A video circulated online showed a pick-up truck that had mounted a pavement near a mall and jutted into a bicycle path. A spokesperson for the Magen David Adom ambulance service said some of those injured had knife wounds.
At least 10 Palestinians are said to have been killed since hundreds of Israeli troops, backed by drone strikes, entered the camp on Monday morning, triggering intense gun battles with Palestinian militants inside.