Several injured in shooting in Israeli city of Tel Aviv


At least six people were injured in a shooting in downtown Tel Aviv on Thursday night in an area with several crowded bars and restaurants.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear, but it came amid heightened tensions following a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians.

Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service said it received reports of a shooting at “several scenes” around downtown Tel Aviv.

He said he evacuated six people to a nearby hospital, three of whom were in serious or critical condition.

Police at the scene of a shooting at a cafe on Disengoff Street in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Thursday. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

At least one shooting took place on Dizengoff Street, a central thoroughfare and popular weekend hangout.

Eli Levy, a police spokesman, told Israel’s Channel 13 news that three to five people were injured in the shooting and that officers were at the scene. He urged people to avoid the area.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was monitoring the situation from Israeli army headquarters, which is also in downtown Tel Aviv, his office said.

Emergency personnel respond to a shooting in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv on Thursday. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Tensions are high after a series of attacks by Palestinian assailants killed 11 people just before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began nearly a week ago.

Last year, protests and clashes during Ramadan sparked an 11-day war in Gaza.

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