At Least Five Killed in Tel Aviv Shooting

A Palestinian gunman killed at least five people on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel on March 29, the third such attack within a week.

An individual was found dead in a car while others were shot dead on a sidewalk near HaShnaim Street in the city of Bnei Brak.

The attack was first reported at around 8 p.m. local time.

A police officer, identified as 32-year-old Amir Khouri, shot the gunman dead.

Khouri was transported to a hospital in critical condition and later died as a result of his injuries, becoming the fifth victim.

Israeli media identified the gunman as 27-year-old Dia Hamarsha from the village of Ya’bad in the north of the West Bank.

Hamarsha reportedly had been in Israel illegally and had previously served a six-month jail sentence for security offenses.

Police arrested one person at the scene on suspicion of assisting the shooter and another person later that night.

Footage from the scene showed the gunman in dark clothing shooting bystanders with an assault rifle in a residential street.

The gunman also fired through the passenger window of a passing car, the video showed.

The shooting came after six people in total died from attacks by Israeli Arabs last March 22 and 27.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet held an emergency security meeting and his security cabinet will convene on March 30.

“Israel is facing a wave of murderous Arab terrorism… The security forces are at work. We will fight terrorism with persistence, diligence, and an iron fist,” Bennet said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a rare condemnation of the shooting, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

Meanwhile, Palestinian militant group Hamas praised the attack, saying that they “express our blessing” to the killings.

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