Israeli police launch a massive search for an attack that left three dead

Police and paramedics in Elad near Tel Aviv in central Israel on May 5, 2022 afp_tickers

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Since the dawn of Friday, Israeli police have been conducting a search launched after an attack in which three people were killed in Elad, near Tel Aviv, on the day of the founding of the Jewish state.

Clashes broke out in the West Bank on Friday, particularly in the villages of Beita and Beit Dajan, near the city of Nablus, during which 38 Palestinians were injured to varying degrees as a result of choking with gas or rubber bullets, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Weekly confrontations take place in the area with the Israeli army, while the Palestinians protest against the confiscation of land for the benefit of settlers.

The Israeli police called on the residents to provide information on the whereabouts of the attackers, and published my photo and the names of two Palestinians who they say came from Jenin in the West Bank and who are suspected of being carried out the attack, which was also wounded. four people, three of whom are in serious condition, according to the Israel Ambulance Association.

Benlison Hospital in Petah Tikva, in the center of the country, said the condition of two of the wounded was critical.

Police said in a statement that he “in cooperation with the General Security Agency and other special units has been active in the Elad area since last night and is using all available means to arrest two residents of the Jenin area.”

She said the two Palestinians were Asaad Yousef Al-Rifai (19) and Subhi Imad Abu Shukair (20) from the village of Rumana in the Jenin governor in the northern occupied West Bank.

Paramedic Alon Rezkan said that “the scene of the attack was complex,” explaining that he saw a 40-year-old man dead near a roundabout, another man unconscious in a nearby park before his death was later announced. , and a third man next door. to him succumbed to his injuries.

The attack, the sixth against Israeli targets since March 22, took place in the city of Elad, which is located in central Israel and has about fifty thousand people, including a large number of Orthodox Jews, near Tel Aviv.

The three dead in the attack were Yonatan Habakuk (44) and Boaz Gul (49), who are residents of Elad, and Oren Ben Yiftach (35), also from Lod in the center, according to Israeli media.

The Palestinian Armed Forces Islamic Jihad and Hamas have declared that they are “blessing the heroic (attack)” without accepting it.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the “deaths of Israeli civilians”, stressing that “the killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only leads to a further deterioration of the situation at a time when we are all striving for stability. achieve and prevent escalation. “

Abbas warned against the “exploitation of this condemned incident to carry out attacks and reactions against our Palestinian people by settlers and others,” and again “the ongoing attacks on our people and their Islamic and Christian saints, creating an atmosphere of tension and created instability, condemned. “

– They will pay the price –

“Our enemies are out on a campaign to kill Jews, wherever they are,” Prime Minister Bennett said in a statement. “They are trying to break our spirit, but they will fail. We will arrest the terrorists and the environment that supports them. And they will pay the price.”

Yehuda, 31, while attending the funeral of Oren Ben Yiftach in the city of Lod, told AFP he feared “the killers will not be caught.”

“We suffer from hatred and are killed with an ax,” added Yehuda, an IT worker.

The Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court has issued an order banning the publication of any details of the investigation into the Elad attack file until 5 June.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the closure of the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank until Sunday to prevent “the escape of terrorists” to these Palestinian territories.

Since March 22, it has brought the death toll in similar attacks to 18, some of which were carried out by Israeli Arabs, while the perpetrators of the other attacks were Palestinians.

In the aftermath of the attacks, Israeli forces launched a series of operations in the occupied West Bank, and 27 Palestinians, including a number of perpetrators of the attacks, have since been killed by the Israeli army.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken “condemned the horrific attack on innocent men and women … while Israel is celebrating Independence Day.”

He stressed that the United States was “stuck” with its Israeli allies.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the United States was “horrified” by the attack. “As always, we stand with Israel in the face of this terrorist threat,” he added.

– Tension in Jerusalem –

Commenting on Thursday’s attack, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said that “this operation is part of our people’s anger over the occupation’s attacks on holy sites,” stressing that “the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque cannot go unpunished. do not stay. “

In turn, a member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Muhammad Hamid (Abu al-Hassan), said the “heroic operation” in El-Ad “came as a victory for Al-Aqsa Mosque has.”

He added that “the desecration of the occupation army and settler gangs of Al-Aqsa Mosque is a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and is a violation of all borders,” and stressed that “our people will continue the occupation and its aggression. to confront. “

Since the middle of last month, the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque have witnessed violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters, injuring more than 300 Palestinians.

After a break of several days related to the end of the month of Ramadan, Jewish worshipers went to the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, the seventy-fourth anniversary of the founding of Israel according to the Hebrew calendar , which coincided with the end of the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

According to the implicit situation, non-Muslims can visit the courtyard of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first of the two qiblahs and the third of the Two Holy Mosques, at the site that the Jews call the “Temple Mount”, but without pray.

Israel claims to maintain the status quo. Regulatory control over access to the site opened it to Jews on Thursday, despite calls from Palestinian officials and countries in the region fearing new clashes would occur.

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