Israel: Four killed in Tel Aviv shopping centre shooting

    Israel: Four killed in Tel Aviv shopping centre shooting

    June 9, Jerusalem: Four people have been killed and six others wounded when two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a popular open-air shopping and restaurant area of central Tel Aviv.

    According to Israeli authorities, the attacks took place in two locations in Sarona Market, close to Israel's defence ministry and main army HQ. The attacks happened at around 21:30 local time when people were relaxing in the market's restaurants and bars.

    Police said that the gunmen were from Yatta, a Palestinian village near the West Bank town of Hebron. Both are in custody. One is undergoing surgery in hospital, police added.

    There has been a rise in Palestinian attacks on Israelis since last year, with a series of shootings, stabbings and car rammings, although the number of incidents had dropped in recent months, according to reports.

    Ichilov hospital said that four wounded people brought there had died and at least others were in a critical condition.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited the scene of the attack late on Wednesday, called it "a savage crime of murder and terrorism".

    Video footage showed crowds running from the scene and ambulances arriving. Pictures showed upturned tables and chairs at one restaurant.

    One woman told Israel's Channel 10 TV that she had been celebrating her son's birthday when she heard shots and "immediately understood it was a terror attack".

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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