In a late night shooting at the popular Sarona market in the heart of Tel Aviv, 2 terrorists committed a shooting spree against patrons that were out to enjoy themselves.
4 patrons of the popular restaurant Max Brenner were killed in cold blood on Wednesday night, while another 16 injured were treated in Tel Aviv hospitals. Of the 5 victims still hospitalized, one is in serious condition and the rest in various conditions.
The Sarona Market complex is adjacent to the IDF Headquarters and the offices of the Israel Ministry of Defense.
Scene of the terror attack in the aftermath of the shooting.
The terrorists, dressed in suits, joined patrons dining in the restaurant, ordered food and without warning pulled out improvised semi-automatic weapons and started shooting in all directions.
The terrorists fled the scene, one of them still armed, in the direction of Carlebach street. One was neutralized next to the Cinemateque cinema and the cinema was evacuated, while police and security forces started a search for the second terrorist.
A short while later the second terrorist was arrested. The suspects are cousins and residents of the Judean village of Yatta, south of Hevron. They are being interrogated by Israel Police and the Shabak – Israel General Security Services.
In the meantime celebrations broke out in East Jerusalem, Gaza strip, and West Bank upon hearing of the news of the terror attack. In Yatta, the home village of the muderers, a spontaneous march took place with fireworks being set off and candies were handed out to passersby in celebration.