Israeli army shoots dead Palestinian after Tel Aviv bar attack

Israeli security forces on Friday shot and killed a Palestinian suspected of killing two people in a Tel Aviv bar after an hour-long manhunt through the city.

The attack on the bar was the latest in a series of deadly street attacks that have killed 13 people and rocked the country.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel would expand its operations against the “wave of terror” and that the attackers and those who send them would pay a “heavy price”.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack and stressed the dangers of “continuing the repeated incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the provocative actions of extremist settler groups”, reported the Palestinian news agency WAFA, a reference at the third holiest site in Islam.

Members of Israel’s Zaka Rescue and Recovery Team clean up blood from the site of a shooting in Tel Aviv on Thursday. The attack on the bar was the latest in a series of deadly street assaults that have killed 13 people. (Ariel Schalit/Associated Press)

Police found the gunman hiding near a mosque in Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said. During an exchange of fire, the attacker was killed, the agency said.

The Shin Bet identified the shooter as a 28-year-old Palestinian from Jenin, a city in the occupied West Bank, who was in Israel illegally.

Late Thursday, at the start of the weekend in Israel, the assailant entered a pub on a crowded main street in Tel Aviv and began shooting, killing two people and seriously injuring three before fleeing.

Residents were warned not to leave their homes as hundreds of Israeli security agents, assisted by a helicopter with a searchlight, combed the streets.