several dead in attacks near Tel Aviv

A gunman killed at least five people in a suburb of Tel Aviv in Israel before being shot dead.

At least five people were killed on Tuesday March 29 in armed attacks on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel, the emergency services said. “We have, unfortunately, noted the death of five people”Elie Bin, director of Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, told the Kan channel.

In the evening, residents of Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox city on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, then of the neighboring town of Ramat Gan, reported a man driving around and opening fire on passers-by.

The assailant killed

The Israeli police confirmed these attacks and later said that the assailant had been shot dead by the security forces who were patrolling these areas. The attack was not immediately claimed.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that senior security officials would meet in the evening to take stock of the situation. This is the third attack in Israel in a week.

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Sunday in Hadera, in the north of Israel, two police officers, including a Franco-Israeli, were killed in a shooting claimed by the jihadist organization of the Islamic State (EI). Israeli police have identified the attackers who were shot as Israeli Arab ISIS operatives.

On March 22, in Beersheva (south), four Israelis – two men and two women – were killed in a knife and ramming attack, perpetrated by a man inspired by IS ideology.

The assailant, who died, was a teacher sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison for planning to travel to Syria to fight in IS and for preaching his apology. After the attack in Hadera on Sunday, the Palestinian armed Islamist movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad hailed a “heroic operation”. Hamas, the ruling group in the Gaza Strip, considered it a “natural and legitimate response to the occupation” and to “crimes” of Israel.

The World with AFP

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