Friday, 1 January 2016

2 Israelis killed, 7 injured in Tel Aviv shooting


A shooting was carried out Friday near a Tel Aviv pub killing two Israelis and injuring seven, Israeli police and medics said.

An Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the shooter opened fire on Dizengoff street before fleeing the scene.

Israeli emergency service Magen David Adom said in initial reports that paramedics arrived to the scene and treated nine victims. Al-Samri confirmed that two were killed and medics reported the injured to include two in severe condition and five in moderate condition. Israeli media reported that some of those injured were hit by broken glass that shattered when the attacker opened fire.

Al-Samri said that all injured were taken to Tel Aviv-area hospitals for treatment. Police were combing the area for the suspect following the attack and investigations are ongoing, adding that background information has yet to be gathered on the attack.

The attack marks the first in the coastal city since Nov. 19 when two Israelis were stabbed and killed near Tel Aviv's Panorama building by a Palestinian from the Hebron-area village of Dura in the occupied West Banks.

A wave of unrest that erupted in October across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel has left over 140 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces and settlers, and 21 Israelis killed in attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals. more

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