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One of the three people shot dead was the teacher

The attacker belonged to the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

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A person who was injured in a shooting on Thursday evening has died Tel Aviv A “Terrorist Attack” Israeli police say whose teacher was shot dead. Two others were injured in the attack. The shooting took place on Dizenkoff Avenue, popular with night owls in central Tel Aviv – a Palestinian attack killed three in April 2022 – while opponents of the government’s judicial reform plan demonstrated elsewhere in the city. Hamas said in a statement that the attack was carried out by Motaz Khawaja, 23, from the armed wing of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades from the town of Nilin near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

One person is critically injured

Salah Khawaja, contacted by AFP by phone in Nilin, a Palestinian town near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, said he learned through social media that his son Motaz Khawaja, 23, a known Hamas sympathizer, was the author of the attack. According to neighbors, a mourning ceremony began in the city. Asked how he felt, Salah Khawaja said: “I think it’s a normal reaction for any young person who sees the injustice and killings perpetrated by the Israeli army every day.” He said that his son was single and Nilin was the manager of the shop.

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“We evacuated three gunshot wounds, one critical, one serious, and one light.”Eli Bin, director of Magen David Adom (Mada), the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, said earlier on public television channel Kan. “Extreme attack in Tel Aviv […] My congratulations to the constable for his brave act of killing the heinous terrorist and saving many lives.”, Interior Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir said later, according to a statement released by his office. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has congratulated him on his official visit to Rome “May the injured get well soon”, in a short television intervention. Police have not released the shooter’s identity.

Tension again

The attack comes amid high tensions and a significant uptick in violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the leadership took office in late December, one of the most right-wing governments in Israel’s history. By Binyamin Netanyahu. Three armed Palestinians, including two Islamic Jihad fighters, were killed Thursday morning during an Israeli military operation in the northern occupied West Bank. Islamic Jihad and another Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, have vowed to avenge their deaths.

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Already on Tuesday, several Palestinian armed groups called for revenge for the death of six Palestinians (including the author of a deadly attack on two Israelis at the end of February, and at least three militants) killed in an attack by the Israeli army. North West Bank. During a brief visit to Tel Aviv on Thursday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a plea. “Height Decline” United Nations calls for peace ring out in the desert. Since the beginning of the year, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has killed 76 Palestinians (including members of armed groups and civilians), 12 civilians (including three minors), and one Israeli policeman and one Ukrainian. According to an AFP account compiled from official Israeli and Palestinian sources.

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