Palestinian gunmen kill four in Tel Aviv market

Jun 09, 2016, 12:47 AM EDT
(Source: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/flickr)
(Source: Amir Farshad Ebrahimi/flickr)

Two Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring six others. The targeted locations in Sarona Market are in close proximity to Israel’s defense ministry and main army headquarters. The assailants, who hail from a village near the town of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, were disarmed and held soon after the attack.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited the site with security chiefs, described the act as “a savage crime of murder and terrorism.” He met with his ministers and officials to mull over the defensive measures to be implemented for tackling the “grave phenomenon of shootings,” writes Reuters. The U.S. administration issued a statement of condemnation, saying that the attacks against innocent civilians could never be justified.

Israeli has been rocked by a string of shootings and stabbings since last year although a lull in Palestinian attacks over the past few months restored a sense of peace and security in the country, notes the BBC.

Two Americans and 28 Israelis have been killed in Palestinian attacks in the past eight months, reports The Guardian. Israel’s security forces gunned down about 200 Palestinians during this period.