Already three attacks registered in the last week and the number of dead civilians rises to eleven
At least five people have dead this Tuesday as a result of a series of related shootings in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, on the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv. One of the victims has been found dead inside a car and two others have been found dead on a nearby sidewalk on the same street. Two others have been found dead on a side street.
According to the first reports from the authorities, the main suspect in the shooting was driving a motorcycle and his body has been found in a nearby street. Another person has been arrested for his possible collaboration with the alleged shooter, reports the Jerusalem Post.
Israel Police spokesman Eli Levy and Bnei Brak Mayor Avraham Rubinstein have asked residents of the areas where the shooting has occurred to stay in their homes as much as possible. According to Israeli media reports, the perpetrator of the attack was a Palestinian man from the West Bank.
Reactions to a new attack
This is already the third such incident recorded in Israel in the last week and as a result of which At least ten people have already died. On Sunday, an attack with two deaths was recorded in the city of Hadera, while last week four people lost their lives in the city of Beersheva. According to the German agency DPA, attacks by Palestinian protesters in the West Bank and the western part of Jerusalem, which has an Arab majority, have increased in recent months. In addition, there are fears that there may be a further escalation of clashes during Ramadanwhich starts this Saturday.
In this context, the Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has announced the holding of an emergency meeting with the Ministers of Defense and Public Security, the Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces and the Police Commissioner, among other authorities. . Meanwhile, the former prime minister and now opposition leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, has pointed out on his social networks that this is “a sad and difficult night” for Israel, which is at “the height of a wave of terror, like you haven’t seen in years.” For this, Netanyahu has demanded that the competent authorities take the necessary measures to “restore peace and security” to the country’s citizens.
For its part, the European Union has issued a statement in which it “strongly condemns” the “terrorist attack”, and has branded this type of event against the civilian population as “unacceptable”. “We stand with Israel at this difficult time. The EU remains firmly committed to preventing and combating terrorism and violent extremism,” said the Office of the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy. “The European Union strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place tonight on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and which has caused the death of at least 5 civilians, declared the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, in a release.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.