At least three people died and four others were injured this Thursday, near the city of Tel Avivin what the Police defined as a terrorist attack, on the day the country celebrated the 74th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel.
“The joy of Independence Day was cut short in an instant”, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said. “A murderous attack in Elad shocks the heart and soul… I send my deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones tonight, and I pray with the entire House of Israel for the safety of those injured,” he posted. Jerusalem Post website.
“We will not succumb to terrorism. LTerrorists can’t scare us. The security forces will catch the killers and those who sent them and hold them accountable. We will continue to fight together for our independence and the security of the citizens of Israel,” Lapid added.
The incident took place in the city of Elad, where there is a very important ultra-orthodox community, and it is part of a series of violent attacks that have taken place since the beginning of the year. The three deceased were men in their 40s.
According to the Times of Israel, two men, one wielding an ax and the other a gun, They assaulted the victims in two different places near the Elad Amphitheater Park. After the attack, they escaped in a vehicle. All the country’s security forces are looking for them by air and land.
Two of the critically injured, aged 60 and 35, were taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer and Rabin Medical Center-Beilinson Campus, where they are in a reserved state. Meanwhile, another 40-year-old man was slightly injured and a 23-year-old man, who was the one who confronted the attackers, was hospitalized, but his condition is not serious.
This attack occurs in a week marked by various Israeli-Palestinian tensions in which different attacks, military operations in the West Bank and acts of violence were recorded in a place in Jerusalem revered by both Jews and Muslims.
The Hamas terror group celebrated the attack and linked it to violence in a confrontation that left hundreds injured the previous month. “The assault on the Al-Aqsa Mosque cannot go unpunished. The heroic operation in Tel Aviv is a practical translation of what the resistance had warned about,” said Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem.