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‘We stand with Israel and its people,’ says an EU spokesperson in a reaction to the Tel Aviv terror attack

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The three victims of the terror attack on Dizengoff Street are Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini, two childhood friends both aged 27, and 35-year-old Barak Lufan.  They are set to be laid to rest Sunday afternoon.

‘’This is the fourth such incident in two weeks. The European Union condemns such attacks. We stand with Israel and its people. Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives at this difficult time. Our condolences go to the families of those who lost their loved ones,’’ said the European Union in a statement issued on Friday by its spokesperson one day after three people were murdered by a Palestinian terrorist and numerous others wounded in a shooting attack on Dizengoff Street in the center of Tel Aviv.

The terrorist, identified as Ra’ad Hazem, 28, from Jenin, in the West Bank, opened fire indiscriminately at crowded terraces on Thursday night.

Dizengoff Street is a popular area of Tel Aviv with shops, restaurants and bars.

The three victims of the terror attack are Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini, two childhood friends both aged 27, and 35-year-old Barak Lufan.  They are set to be laid to rest Sunday afternoon.

Israeli security forces on Friday morning killed the terrorist after a city-wide manhunt. They located the terrorist, identified as Ra’ad Hazem, 28, from Jenin, hiding near a mosque in Jaffa.

Upon being confronted, Hazam raised his hands, pretending to surrender, before drawing a handgun, running behind a vehicle and opening fire on the Shin Bet (Israel’s security agency) agents.The agents returned fire, killing the terrorist.

“Deeply worried about reports about another terror attack against Israeli civilians, this time in the heart of Tel Aviv,” tweeted E.U. Ambassador to Israel Dimiter Tzantchev.

He added that the situation is “appalling,” and that his “thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. The E.U. stands with Israel.”

Other senior foreign officials and ambassadors to Israel condemned the deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv on Thursday night.

In a statement following the attack, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US “stands resolutely” with Israel “in the face of senseless terrorism and violence.”

 “Americans are, once again, grieving with the Israeli people in the wake of another deadly terrorist attack, which took the lives of two innocent victims and wounded many more in Tel Aviv,” Blinken said on Twitter.

“Our hearts go out to the families and other loved ones of those killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” he added.

“We are closely following developments and will continue to be in regular contact with our Israeli partners, with whom we stand resolutely in the face of senseless terrorism and violence. May the memories of those who passed be a blessing.”

Ambassador Tom Nides, the US envoy to Israel, also condemned the attack.

“Horrified to see another cowardly terror attack on innocent civilians, this time in Tel Aviv. Praying for peace, and sending condolences to the victims and their families. This has to stop,” he tweeted.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK stood with Israel “against this abhorrent violence.”

“Appalled by the latest reports from Tel Aviv, where innocent people enjoying a Thursday night with friends and family were targeted by gunfire,” she remarked.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock labeled the perpetrator a “coward.”

“In yet another heinous terrorist attack in Israel, cowards attacked normal Tel Aviv citizens enjoying the evening before Shabbat,” Baerbock wrote on Twitter. “We mourn those killed and grieve with their families. Our thoughts are with the injured and with the emergency responders who are caring for them.”

Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said he was “deeply shocked by the reports of another heinous terror attack.”

He added: “In these dark hours we stand by the people of Israel.”

“My solidarity is with the people of Israel, who have every right to live their lives free from terror and fear,” tweeted German Ambassador to Israel Susanne Wasum-Rainer. “We stand by your side.”

The Tel Aviv attack is the fourth deadly attack in a little more than a month. The wave of violence began in Beersheva on March 22, followed by attacks in Hadera on March 27 and Bnei Brak on March 30. 14 people have been murderred in these attacks.

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