Jerusalem, Jul 4 (EFE).- Seven people were injured Tuesday in a car ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, Israeli police reported.
The incident comes during a massive Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, considered a stronghold for Palestinian militants.
“A vehicle traveling from south to north hit pedestrians who were standing in the commercial center on the street,” an Israeli police report said. “The driver got out of the vehicle, stabbed several people and was neutralized.”
A police spokesman told EFE that the “terrorist was neutralized by a civilian.”
Seven people were injured to varying degrees, police said citing medical officials, including three who were in a serious condition.
While the alleged assailant has not been officially named, Israeli media have identified him as Hasin Jalila, 23, a resident of the southern West Bank town of Samu’a.
Jalila allegedly entered Israel with a permit for medical treatment.
The attack occurred as Israel’s army was conducting its largest military operation in the West Bank in 20 years.
Israel’s Defence Forces began the aerial and ground offensive early on Monday morning, deploying over 1,000 soldiers in a massive raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank that was still ongoing on Tuesday afternoon.
The operation, the largest since the Second Intifada uprising (2000-2005), has triggered violent clashes with Palestinian militias that so far left 10 dead and over 100 wounded.
Hamas, the Islamist movement which rules the Gaza strip and is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States, praised the Tel Aviv attack as a “heroic revenge for the military operation in Jenin.”
This year has been the deadliest in the Palestine-Israel conflict since the Second Intifada.EFE