Israeli police were conducting a manhunt at dawn on Friday, May 6, after a deadly attack on three people in the Tel Aviv suburbs was carried out on the anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish state.
The police called on the public to provide information on the whereabouts of the attackers, and published pictures and names of two Palestinians suspected of carrying out the attack, which also resulted in the injury of four people, three of them seriously, according to the Magen David Adom (MDA). , the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross. According to a police statement, the two men, Asaad Yousef Al-Rifai, 19, and Tsabahi Imad Abu Shaker, 20, are from Rumana village, Jenin governorate, north of the occupied West Bank.
“The location of the attack was complexAccording to Magen David Adom lifeguard Alon Rezkan, who said he saw a 40-year-old man dead near a roundabout, and then another man unconscious in a nearby park, he was eventually declared dead. injuries. This sixth attack against Israel since March 22 took place in Elad (center), a city of about 50,000 residents, including many ultra-Orthodox Jews, near Tel Aviv. The three victims of the attack are Yonatan Habakkuk, 44, Boaz Gul, 49, both residents of Elad, and Oren Ben Yiftach, 35, of Lod (center), according to Israeli media.
The armed Palestinian Islamic movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihadplural” attacks “heroic“calling her”interactionof the recent tensions in Jerusalem, without claiming it. For his part, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denouncedKilling Israeli civilianslamenting thatThe killing of Palestinians and Israeli civilians worsens the situationAccording to the Palestinian Wafa Agency. Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the closure of the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank until Sunday in order to “Prevent the terrorists from escapingthis Palestinian land.
The Elad attack brings the death toll in attacks against Israel since March 22 to 18, some of which were carried out by Israeli Arabs and others by Palestinians. Following the first attacks, Israeli forces carried out a series of operations in the occupied West Bank. In total, at least 26 Palestinians, including assailants, have been killed since the beginning of this wave of attacks against Israel. The chief of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, denouncedStronglyThis attack, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “It was a heinous attack targeting innocent men and women, and especially heinous as Israel celebrates its independence day.“The Secretary of State said, affirming the standing of the United States.”definitelyalong with their Israeli allies.
Tensions in Jerusalem
“This operation (in Elad) testifies to the anger of our people over the occupation’s attacks on the holy sites. The storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque cannot go unpunishedHazem Qassem, a spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave of 2.3 million people, said. “The desecration of the occupation forces (as the Palestinians call the Israeli police and army) and settler gangs in Al-Aqsa crossed all red linesMuhammad Hamid Abul-Hassan added on behalf of the Islamic Jihad’s Political Bureau. Meanwhile, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians left nearly 300 injured in the mosque square in the Palestinian part of Jerusalem occupied since 1967 by Israel.
After a break of several days tied to the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, Jewish worshipers gathered in the mosque’s courtyard on Thursday, the 74th remembrance day, according to the Hebrew calendar, for the founding of the state of Israel. Coinciding with the end of Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Fitr. By virtue of the undeclared status quo, non-Muslims can visit the Haram – the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism under its name.Temple Mount“- But without prayer. However, an increasing number of Jews are going there, and the fact that some of them surreptitiously arrive there raises concerns that this status quo will be challenged among many Muslims.
Over the past few weeks, the Israeli government has repeatedly expressed its unwillingness to change the status quo. Israel, which controls access to the site, continued to reopen it to Jews on Thursday despite calls from Palestinian officials and countries in the region who fear new clashes.