At Least Four Killed as 'Arab Gunman' Goes on Shooting Spree in Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Town - Videos

© REUTERS / NIR ELIASIsraeli police forensics experts work at the scene of an attack in which people were killed by a gunman on a main street in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 29, 2022.
Israeli police forensics experts work at the scene of an attack in which people were killed by a gunman on a main street in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 29, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.03.2022
Tuesday's incident comes days after a shooting in the Israeli city of Hadera left two people killed. Two gunmen, believed to be affiliated with Daesh*, were shot dead by police.
Four people have died and another has been injured in a shooting in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak, Israel's national emergency medical service (MDA) reported on Tuesday.
"MDA Spokesperon's update to the incident in Bnei Brak: MDA EMTs and Paramedics are treating 5 victims of a shooting," MDA said on Twitter, later adding that four people died and one person was in critical condition.
The gunman, who was reportedly driving a motorcycle, has already been neutralised, The Jerusalem Post reported. The attacker is said to have first shot towards apartment balconies and then fired at passersby in the street.
Channel 12 has reported that that Israeli security officials believe the gunman is a Palestinian from the West Bank. Hebrew media suggest that the suspect was in his mid-20s and previously served a six-month prison sentence after a conviction on terror ties and illegal sale of weapons.
According to multiple reports, another attack took place in Ramat Gan, a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel, however, details are still unclear. Police are still working to establish whether the shooter had any accomplices. According to police spokesman Eli Levy, an additional suspect has been arrested, but it's yet to be determined if he had anything to do with the attack.
Shortly after the shooting, Bnei Brak residents, who are mostly Haredi Jews, flooded the streets, chanting "death to Arabs" and "revenge".
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called an emergency meeting of top security officials later Tuesday.
Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish town just east of Tel Aviv, has been declared Israel's most densely populated city, with 28,000 people per square km. According to Israeli officials, its population density is almost 100 times higher than the national average.
The city made headlines in the spring of 2020 when Israel's Cabinet declared it a "restricted zone" over the coronavirus outbreak and deployed 1,000 police officers to block residents from leaving except under special circumstances. At the time, attempts by law enforcement to impose and enforce quarantine restrictions in Bnei Brak prompted violent standoffs, as ultra-Orthodox Jews refused to abide by COVID-19 protocols.
Tuesday's shooting comes just two days after two Daesh sympathisers opened fire at a bus stop in the Israeli city of Hadera, killing two people and wounding 12. The gunmen were eventually shot dead by police. The attack came as Israel hosted an unprecedented summit with Egypt and three signatories to the Abraham Accords - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken attended the Negev Summit too.
Last week, an Arab man killed four people in a stabbing and car ramming attack in the city of Beersheba before he was shot dead by a passerby. According to Israeli authorities, the perpetrator was a Daesh sympathiser.
*Daesh, also known as ISIS/IS/Islamic State, is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia and many other countries.
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