On Tuesday, a car-ramming incident occurred in Tel Aviv, resulting in injuries to eight Israelis. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Hamas terrorist organization in a statement released to Israeli media outlets.
According to police reports, a suspect deliberately drove a vehicle on Pinchas Rosen Street, targeting pedestrians in a commercial area. Subsequently, the suspect exited the vehicle and initiated a stabbing spree.
Dean Elsdunne, the Israel National Police spokesman, described the scene to i24 News as “horrendous” and acknowledged the potential for even greater harm if not for the intervention of an armed civilian who successfully shot dead the attacker.
Elsdunne further emphasized the need for more individuals to carry firearms, as they can effectively prevent terrorists from causing further harm by swiftly responding to such incidents.
Hebrew media reported that out of the eight victims, three were admitted to a hospital in Tel Aviv with serious conditions. The ages of the hospitalized individuals were said to be 30, 66, and 76 years old.
Israeli authorities revealed that the attacker, identified as 20-year-old Abed al-Wahab Khalaila, acted alone in the incident. Khalaila was a Palestinian resident from the Hebron region in the West Bank.
In response to the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement saying “whoever thinks that such an attack will deter us from continuing our fight against terrorism is wrong. He simply does not know the spirit of the State of Israel, does not know our government, our citizens and our fighters.”
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