Israeli forces kill Palestinian who shot two in Tel Aviv bar

Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian man on Friday, hours after he opened fire in a crowded bar in central Tel Aviv, shooting two people and wounding more than 10 others in an attack.

According to Israel’s Shin Bet security agency, Police closed roads and ordered public transport to be shut down during the search for the man, who was later found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv.

The attacker is a man in his late 20s from Jenin refugee camp in the northern part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and was killed during an exchange of fire.

“We succeeded this morning, in operational and intelligence co-operation, in closing a circle and eliminating the terrorist by exchange of fire,” police commissioner Maj Gen Yaakov Shabtai said.

The attacker entered a pub on a crowded main street of Tel Aviv late on Thursday and began shooting, killing two people and wounding more than 10 others, three of them seriously, before fleeing.

Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital, which was treating eight of the wounded, said on Friday morning that one of the victims was in critical condition, with an immediate risk to his life.

The bar attack was the latest in a string of deadly street assaults that have left 13 dead and shaken Israel. A shooting last week in Bnei Brak city, near Tel Aviv, left five civilians dead.

Three fighters from Islamic Jihad, an armed Palestinian movement, were killed in exchanges of fire linked to these raids.

Last week of March, Israeli forces killed six Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.


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