Three people were wounded in a terrorist shooting attack in the heart of Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.
According to the Magen David Adom emergency medical service, three men in their 20s were shot near a cafe on the corner of Dizengoff Street and Ben Gurion Street in the center of the Israeli coastal city.
The victims were taken to the nearby Ichilov Hospital, where one of them remains in critical condition. The other two were classified as seriously and moderately injured, respectively.
According to police officials, the attacker initially fled the scene but was killed in a shootout with security forces a short distance away.
Israeli media identified the terrorist as 23-year-old Palestinian Mutaz al-Khawaja from the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Ni’lin. The shooter was further identified as a Hamas member who had already been imprisoned twice in Israel. The Israel Defense Forces and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) are currently operating in Ni’lin in search of possible accomplices.
The terrorist’s father was arrested early Friday morning, and gunfire broke out again with Palestinian militants. During the operation, IDF soldiers mapped the terrorist’s house in preparation for the expected demolition.
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