At Least 2 Killed in Tel Aviv, in Latest Attack in Israel

JERUSALEM — At least two people were killed and eight others injured in a shooting Thursday night outside a bar on a busy street in central Tel Aviv, the latest in the deadliest wave of terrorism in Israel since 2016.

Doctors said the shooting happened around 9 p.m. on the last evening of the Israeli work week, in front of a bar full of people enjoying the start of the weekend. An hour later, police still had not located the shooter(s) and ordered residents to stay home, according to a police statement.

The shooting was the sixth attack in Israel in less than three weeks, and has heightened fears of an even more intense upsurge over the next 10 days, when the rare convergence of Ramadan, Passover and Easter is expected to further increase the tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.

An Israeli emergency medical group, Magen David Adom, said its doctors had taken six injured people to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, three of them in serious or critical condition. The hospital later said at least two people had died.

Broadcasters showed video of the debris outside the bar, where emergency responders and police stood next to a pile of shattered glass.

Yisrael Weingarten, an MDA paramedic who treated some of the victims, said he witnessed “a great commotion at the scene, with dozens of people running through the streets” and six “patients lying on the sidewalk”.

“We immediately began treatment, including bleeding control and bandaging,” Weingarten added in a statement released by MDA.

Thursday’s attack came 10 days after a gun attack in Bnei Brak, a town just east of Tel Aviv, in which a Palestinian attacker killed three Israelis and two Ukrainians.

The incident came just two days after a gun attack in which two Arab citizens of Israel, armed with heavy automatic weapons, shot and killed two policemen in Hadera, a coastal town in northern Israel.

The series of deadly attacks began on March 22, when an assailant stabbed three people and rammed another with his car in a town in southern Israel, killing all four. Prior to the March 22 assault, there had been other non-lethal attacks.

Most of the attacks in recent years have been carried out with bladed weapons, so the increase in the use of firearms is of particular concern to security officials, as it involves an unusual level of foresight and resources. .

Rawan Sheikh Ahmad contributed reporting from Haifa, Israel.