At least 5 Israelis killed in shooting attack near Tel Aviv

A gunman killed at least five Israelis late Tuesday in a city near Tel Aviv in what authorities described as the third «terrorist attack» in the country in the last week.

The big picture: At least 11 Israelis have been killed in three attacks.

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  • An Arab-Israeli man who had previously confessed to supporting ISIS killed four Israelis last week in Beersheba, and ISIS claimed responsibility for Sunday’s shooting in Hadera in which two Israelis died. No group has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.

  • U.S. and Israeli officials have expressed concerns about the possibility of an escalation of violence ahead of the beginning of the month of Ramadan.

What happened: The shooter in Tuesday’s attack opened fired with an automatic weapon on civilians in two different locations in Bnei Brak, a city just outside of Tel Aviv, police said.

  • Police identified the attacker as a 27-year-old Palestinian man from an occupied West Bank village near Jenin.

  • According to police, the man was released from an Israeli jail in 2015 after serving a six-month sentence for illegal arms dealing and belonging to a terrorist organization.

  • The attacker was killed by two police officers as he ran from the scene of the shooting, authorities said. At least one suspect was arrested.

What they are saying: «Israel faces a wave of murderous Arab terrorism,» Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

Hamas welcomed the attack, calling it “an act of heroism” and “a natural reaction to the crimes of the occupation against our people.»

What’s next: The Israeli security cabinet will convene on Wednesday to discuss the wave of attacks.

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