Israel: At least three Israelis have been killed in two attacks in Israel and the occupied West Bank, police say.
In the first attack, two Israelis were stabbed to death by a Palestinian man at the entrance of a shop that serves as a synagogue in the city of Tel Aviv.
Hours later, a shooting and vehicle attack near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc left another person dead. Thursday’s first attack took place in a busy commercial building on Ben Tzvi road in southern Tel Aviv.
Witness Shimon Vaknin told that the afternoon prayer service had just begun at the shop when a man covered in blood fell on a number of worshippers.
The other worshippers then pushed the attacker outside the shop and barricaded the door shut, he said.One of the victims, a man in his 20s, was declared dead at the scene by the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
The second was rushed to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.The assailant, who security officials said was a 36-year-old man from the West Bank village of Dura, was reportedly lightly wounded and is in custody.
Police said they believed he had acted alone, but were nevertheless searching for possible accomplices.The militant Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas posted a Tweet praising “the heroic attack in Tel Aviv”, adding: “We ask the fighters to keep doing so.”
Hours later, one person was killed and five others were wounded by attackers who opened fire at a busy junction and rammed a car into a group of pedestrians near the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, Israeli police said.
Two attackers were shot, and security forces were searching for a third, they added. Israeli media reported that two Jews – an 18-year-old American tourist and a 50-year-old Israeli – and a Palestinian were killed in the attack.
The Tel Aviv attack was the first by a Palestinian on Israelis since Friday, when a rabbi and his son were shot dead south of the West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Haaretz newspaper.