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One person was killed and several others injured on Friday night in central Tel Aviv in what the Israeli Foreign Ministry called a “terrorist attack” carried out by ramming car.
A man in his thirties was killed and five other people were injured on the evening of Friday, April 7, during an attack in the center of Tel Aviv, Israel, according to the Israeli relief report. Joined by AFP, the police spoke of a “terrorist attack against civilians, a ramming car attack”.
The Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, said it had pronounced dead a man in his 30s and evacuated five wounded to hospitals in the Tel Aviv area after the attack on rue Kaufmann, the main artery that runs along the beach. Three of the injured are moderately injured, including a 17-year-old girl, and two slightly, according to this source.
“All the victims are tourists,” the MDA said in a statement, without further details. The attack occurred on a Shabbat evening and during the week of Passover, against a backdrop of an upsurge in violence in recent days in the Middle East.
“Mobilize all reserve units”
Israel announced on Friday evening the mobilization of reserve police units and additional soldiers. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has ordered the Israel Police to mobilize all reserve Border Police units, and to [l’armée] to mobilize additional forces to deal with terrorist attacks,” said a statement from his office.
Earlier Friday, two British-Israeli sisters, aged 16 and 20, from the Israeli settlement of Efrat, were killed and their mother seriously injured in a Palestinian attack in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.
The two attacks on Friday come after Israeli strikes in Gaza and Lebanon against positions of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in response to the firing of dozens of rockets against its territory.
This outbreak of fever follows the sudden irruption of Israeli forces and violence on Wednesday in the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam. International condemnations have multiplied and Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, has denounced an “unprecedented crime” by Israel, in the middle of Ramadan.