Two people were killed and eight others were wounded, four of them seriously, in a shooting attack which took place on the busy Dizengoff Street in the centre of Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon.
According to a source from the medical aid service MDA the shooting took place at a a bar close to the city’s well-known Dizengoff Centre Mall.
Police arrested a suspicious figure on Gordon street, but the shooter still remains at large. A massive police manhunt remains underway for the attacker, with roads around the attack site closed by police.
Police are warning residents to stay away from the area while they comb the area for the suspect.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, who rushed to the scene of the shooting attack, told the d media that in his opinion the attack “appears to be a terrorist attack motivated by nationalism.”
“What I know is that an individual came here and opened fire,” the mayor said. “This appears to be motivated by nationalism. Tel Aviv has been a target in the past, and here it is rearing its ugly head again.”
A paramedic for Magen David Adom said: “When I arrived at the scene I saw a huge commotion. Some of the injured were in the pub and some were lying in the road. I quickly ran to an approximately 35-year-old man who was fully conscious. I gave him life-saving treatment on site and sent him to Ichilov Hospital, while still treating him. He was in serious condition. In addition, we took two other seriously injured people to Ichilov Hospital and another moderately injured person to Tel Hashomer hospital.”
On Thursday, two Israelis and a Palestinian man were killed when a two Palestinian terrorists shot at cars stuck in a traffic jam near the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.