Two Israeli border police officers, Yazan Fallah, 19, from Kasra Samia, and Shirel Aboukaret, 19, from Netanya, were killed and twelve people were injured in a shooting attack in Hadera on Sunday evening. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on Telegram, Reuters reported.
The attackers waited for a bus to drive by before shooting towards civilians.
Two Israeli men in their 20s were seriously injured in the attack, while a 45-year-old man and an Israeli woman in her 20s were lightly injured. They were rushed to Hillel Yafe Medical Center in the city for further treatment.
At the scene of the shooting, two additional civilians were treated by paramedics. Five passersby were also evacuated to Hillel Yafe Medical Center after showing signs of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived at the scene where the shooters, two Arab-Israeli men from Umm el-Fahm, were shot dead by undercover officers from Border Police’s Counterterrorism Unit, who were eating at a restaurant near the scene of the attack.
Shin Bet director Ronen Bar, Israel Police chief Kobi Shabtai and Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev were also at the scene as police helicopters scanned the area to rule out the possibility that more attackers connected to the attack remained on the streets of Hadera.
Police forces were continuing a scan of the area to ensure no other civilians were injured in the shooting. Security forces reportedly arrested family members of the attackers in Umm el-Fahm minutes after the attack took place in Hadera.
Bar, Shabtai and Bar Lev held a situational assessment with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi and Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
Following the assessment, Shabtai ordered an increase in the police alert level, according to Ynet, and Kohavi ordered the reinforcement of four battalions along the Green Line and in the West Bank, Maariv reported.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz thanked the security forces that shot the terrorists after receiving a briefing of the attack and sent his condolences to the victims’ families and a speedy recovery to the injured.
“The IDF and Israel’s security forces are ready to restore quiet and security to Israel’s citizens, wherever they may be,” he said, “we will fight terror and terrorists.”
Ra’am head Mansour Abbas condemned the attack: “This disgusting crime was ISIS-inspired and does not reflect the Israeli-Arab population, which seeks to live in respect and in accordance with the law, a life that honors the living and coexistence between Arabs and Jews.
Abbas sent his condolences to the victims’ families and a quick recovery to the injured.
He also called on Arab politicians and community leaders to fight to root violence out in their communities.