One killed, seven wounded in Tel Aviv car-ramming attack

One killed, seven wounded in Tel Aviv car-ramming attack
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AMMAN — According to Israeli media sources, an Italian tourist was killed and seven were injured in a car ramming attack near a beach in Tel Aviv.اضافة اعلان

Italy's foreign minister said Israel had identified the man killed as Italian citizen Alessandro Parini, 36.

A doctor told Israeli television the wounded included three British nationals and one other Italian.

Reuters reported that an Israeli security source identified the assailant as a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship from the town of Kafr Qassem. He is in critical condition after Israeli forces fired at him.

According to Hebrew media, the car found at the scene of the operation was stolen and filed a report with the Israeli police.

After the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on Israeli law enforcement “to mobilize all reserve border police units and has directed the (Israeli army) to mobilize additional forces to confront the terror attacks”, according to Al Jazeera.

Attack comes after successive Israeli raids on Al-AqsaThe car-ramming attack in Tel Aviv follows Israeli forces violently raiding Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hundreds of Palestinians were arrested after raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the last few days, during which Israeli forces fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at worshippers praying in the holy month of Ramadan.

Following the Al-Aqsa raids, Israel said it received missile fire from the Gaza Strip and Palestinian forces in Lebanon.

Overnight on Friday, it responded with an aerial bombardment on what it says were weapons production sites for Hamas. No casualties have been reported by authorities in Gaza or Israel, according to Al Jazeera.

CondemnationItaly’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani tweeted in response to the attack: “The Israeli authorities confirm the death of the Italian citizen Alessandro Parini and report the possible injury of other compatriots in the cowardly attack on #TelAviv,” said Tajani. “I express my firm condemnation of terrorism and my closeness to families.”

The US has also voiced solidarity with Israel following the Tel Aviv attack.

“The targeting of innocent civilians of any nationality is unconscionable,” said State Department spokesman Vedant Patel. “The United States stands with the government and people of Israel.”

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