Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “We send our hopes and our wishes for the speedy recovery of the wounded, and we strengthen the security forces who are fighting terrorists this night and every night.”
Three people were wounded in a terrorist shooting in the heart of Tel Aviv on Thursday night.
According to the Magen David Adom emergency medical service, three men in their 20s were shot next to a cafe on the corner of Dizengoff Street and Ben-Gurion Street in the center of the Israeli coastal city.
The victims were rushed to the nearby Ichilov Hospital, with one in critical condition. The other two were listed in serious and moderate condition, respectively.
Police said the attacker initially fled the scene but was tracked down and shot dead in an exchange of fire with security forces.
Israeli media identified the terrorist as 23-year-old Palestinian Mutaz al-Khawaja from the town of Ni’lin beyond the Green Line. The reports said he was a Hamas member who on two occasions was jailed in Israel.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Jamal Varaki, one of the first responders at the scene on Dizengoff Street, recounted: “Together with other first responders and ambulance teams from United Hatzalah, I treated three people who were transported from the scene of the incident to Ichilov Hospital—one in critical condition having suffered gunshot wounds, one in moderate condition from shrapnel wounds and a third individual also lightly injured by shrapnel.”
Varaki added that members of the organization’s Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit treated numerous people for shock and anxiety.
פיגוע ירי ברחוב דיזינגוף בתל אביב- 3 נפגעים pic.twitter.com/DDe2UoorOS
— יוני בן מנחם yoni ben menachem (@yonibmen) March 9, 2023
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that “there has been another terror attack in the heart of Tel Aviv. We send our hopes and our wishes for the speedy recovery of the wounded, and we strengthen the security forces who are fighting terrorists this night and every night.”
He added that “we will continue to build our nation and deepen our roots, and to build our common future as brothers and sisters.”
פיגוע קשה הערב בתל אביב. אני מתפלל לשלום הפצועים ומחזק את ידי המשטרה וכוחות הביטחון שפועלים בשטח.
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) March 9, 2023
Last April, three Israelis were killed in a terror attack on Dizengoff Street, a popular thoroughfare full of shops, restaurants and bars.
The attack on Thursday night is the latest in a wave of terrorism to strike Israel.
On Feb. 26, a Palestinian attacker gunned down brothers Hallel Menachem and Yagel Yaakov Yaniv while they were driving near the village of Huwara in Samaria.
The next day, Palestinian terrorists killed Israeli-American Elan Ganeles near the Beit Ha’arava Junction close to Jericho in the Jordan Valley.
Earlier in February, a terrorist attack in Jerusalem’s Ramot neighborhood claimed the lives of Yaakov Israel Paley, 6; his brother, Asher Menachem Paley, 8; and 20-year-old Alter Shlomo Lederman. Three days later, Israeli soldier Staff Sgt. Asil Sawaed, 22, died from wounds sustained in a terrorist attack at a checkpoint to Shuafat in Jerusalem.
On Jan. 27, seven people were killed and several others were wounded in a terrorist shooting rampage at a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Neve Yaakov neighborhood.