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Israel: Palestinian President condemns attacks near Tel Aviv

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare condemnation on Tuesday of the attacks that killed at least five people near the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv in the evening, and carried out according to local media by a Palestinian from the West Bank.

New tensions. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare condemnation on Tuesday after attacks killed at least five people near the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv in the evening. According to local media, these were carried out by a Palestinian from the West Bank.

“The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only further aggravates the situation as we all strive to achieve stability,” he said in a statement carried by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. At least five people were killed Tuesday in armed attacks near the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv, the third in a week in Israel, faced with a wave of violence that worries the authorities as Ramadan approaches.

The assailant shot dead by the police

In the evening, residents of Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox town on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, then of the neighboring town of Ramat Gan, reported a man driving in a car and opening fire on passers-by. Police said they shot the assailant without revealing his identity. But local media identified him as Dia Hamarshah, a Palestinian who had spent four years in Israeli prisons and hailed from Yaabad in the occupied West Bank. In Yaabad, witnesses told AFP that men distributed sweets in the evening as a “celebration” after the attacks.

The police were deployed in force in Bnei Brak, where Itamar Ben Gvir, one of the leaders of the Israeli far right, moved, according to AFP journalists on the spot.

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Meeting in high places

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gathered senior security officials in the evening after the attacks, including an officer who participated in the operation to kill the assailant, according to police and emergency services. The nationality of all the victims was not immediately specified.

“The security forces are at work. We will fight terrorism with an iron fist (…) Israel is facing a wave of deadly Arab terrorism,” said the Israeli Prime Minister. The two previous attacks, on March 22 and Sunday, were perpetrated by Israeli Arabs linked to the jihadists.

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