Friday, 8 January 2016

Tel Aviv shooter killed in gun battle in northern Israel


Israeli police on Friday shot dead Nashat Melhem, suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting in Tel Aviv last week, in a gun battle in his hometown of Arara in northern Israel.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba Samri said in a statement that Israeli police had tracked Melhem down in a building in Arara "using all legally available resources and methods." She said that he left the building "shooting at forces, who responded by opening fire, resulting in his death at the scene." She added that no Israeli forces were injured during gunfire exchange.

Israeli's Channel 2 reported that the building Melhem took refuge in was a mosque in Arara.

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan thanked Israel's security forces for their participation in the operation, as well as the Israeli public for showing "alertness, patience, and understanding of the complexity of police operations."

Melhem is believed to have been responsible for a shooting in Tel Aviv on Jan. 1 that killed two Israelis and injured seven. He fled the scene after the attack, allegedly killing a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship during his escape, and sparked a massive manhunt across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. more