Four people were killed and six injured after two gunmen opened fire at a popular shopping center in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night.
The attack occurred around 9:30PM at the food and retail shopping center near government buildings. Video footage showed the two armed men dressed in suits opening fire at civilians near one of the restaurants.
The two attackers, identified as Palestinians who are from the same family and are from the Hebron area, were arrested shortly after the shooting. One of the attackers was captured uninjured while another was shot by police and taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition for treatment.
According to Haaretz, Israeli police said that the two Palestinians entered Israel illegally. Hamas praised the “heroes” of the attack, but did not claim responsibility.
Hours after the attack, Israel suspended Palestinian permits, banning more than 80,000 Palestinians from entering Israel.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an emergency security briefing following the attack.
“I think a larger tragedy was avoided by the resolute action of citizens, of security people, police,” said the Israeli Prime Minister after the attack, adding that necessary steps will be taken to punish the attackers.
“This is a savage crime of murder and terrorism in the heart of Tel Aviv. It’s done by criminal terrorists who don’t value human life, who are willing to murder innocent citizens who were sitting in a coffee shop.”