Israeli security forces are on high alert after a Palestinian gunman killed five people in the third such attack in just over a week.
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Footage released on social media showed the gunman firing an assault rifle at people taking cover, killing the driver of a passing car. The attack in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish suburb of Tel Aviv, on Tuesday night followed two similar attacks in recent days that killed another six people, in a spate of violence “not seen in years.” “, it was said Al Jazeera.
After “emergency meetings” by politicians and security officials, the news site reported, “Thousands of police and army reinforcements have been deployed in Israel and in the occupied West Bank and across the border into the besieged Gaza Strip.” an attempt to prevent further bloodshed.
The Bnei Brak gunman who was shot dead by police was later identified as a 26-year-old Palestinian from a village near Jenin in the north of the West Bank. He had previously been imprisoned in Israel for security-related offences.
After the attack that killed a police officer, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned that “Israel faces a wave of murderous Arab terrorism.”
In a statement ahead of an emergency meeting with his security cabinet, Bennett said: “Security forces are deployed. We will fight terror with perseverance, tenacity and an iron fist.”
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the killings, warning that they could provoke an escalation if “we strive for stability”.
But Hamas, the Palestinian militants who rule the Gaza Strip, hailed the attack and released a statement saying, “We bless the operation in Tel Aviv.”
The visibility of the security forces had “already been increased throughout Israel and the West Bank after the two previous attacks,” it said BBC.
The first attack on March 22 was carried out by an Israeli Arab who had done so documented his plans to join the Islamic State (IS). Group in Syria who previously served a prison sentence in Israel for security crimes. He “ran his car into a cyclist, killing him and then stabbed three people to death outside a shopping center in the southern city of Beersheba,” the channel reported.
Five days later, on Sunday, “two more Israeli Arabs opened fire at a bus stop in the northern city of Hadera, killing two 19-year-old police officers.” IS has claimed responsibility for the attack, which injured another five people.
All three attackers were shot dead by the police.
Authorities have also arrested five ISIS-linked suspects in the Hadera killings, which Hamas called a “natural and legitimate response” to Israeli “crimes against our people.”
Israeli police “in cooperation with the domestic security agency Shin Bet” made the arrests after raids in the Arab-majority city of Umm al-Fahm. France 24 reported.
Israeli leader Bennett tweeted: “A second attack by ISIS (IS) supporters in Israel requires security forces to quickly adapt to this new threat.”
‘Recipe for Disaster’
As the death toll mounts, Israeli officials have repeatedly warned that violence is likely to escalate further after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on Saturday.
Already a time of heightened tensions between Palestinians and Israelis, Ramadan coincides with Passover and Easter this year, and “each holiday marks an increase in religious pilgrims making their way to Jerusalem’s Old City and its holy sites,” he said he The Times of Israel.
The US warned last month that the mass gathering of Muslims, Jews and Christians was a “recipe for disaster in Jerusalem.”
And with ISIS claiming responsibility for two of the three most recent attacks, questions are mounting as to whether ISIS is “targeting” the entire country and whether other “extremist and ISIS-inspired groups may now choose to increasingly target Israel as well.” take aim,” he said The Jerusalem PostSeth J. Frantzman, Middle East Affairs Analyst.
“Historically, ISIS does not appear to have targeted Israel,” he wrote. But “attacks by ISIS and other extremists generally come in waves, sometimes involving copycats,” raising fears that other groups will try to “exploit” the current wave of attacks.
hairnetSenior US military correspondent Amos Harel reported that none of the terrorist attacks in recent weeks had been “preceded by intelligence warnings.” Israeli security officials appear to be “groping in the dark” looking for signs of further terrorist activity, he continued.
A “copycat attack” would be “Israel’s worst fear coming true,” but Israel could already be facing “a real terrorist attack” and a serious “security crisis.”
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