Multiple attacks in West Bank, Tel Aviv leave five dead

Multiple attacks leave two dead in Tel Aviv, three dead in West Bank, including teeange American tourist

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Israeli soldiers stand next to damaged cars at the site of an attack in Gush Etzion, occupied West Bank, November 19, 2015

Updated Nov 20, 2015

Five people, one of whom was an American tourist, died in two separate attacks in the occupied West Bank and Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday.

The first attack was carried out by a man with a knife who stabbed two Israelis to death in Tel Aviv.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect is Raed Khalil bin Mahmoud, a 36 year old Palestinian from Hebron in the occupied West Bank.

He entered an office as several people gathered for afternoon prayers in the Israeli commercial centre of Tel Aviv with a knife and stabbed four Israelis there, consequently killing two people, aged around 20 and 50 respectively. 

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the attacker tried to enter a synagogue inside the building.

Israeli Police said the attacker was stopped by civilians and then wounded and arrested by the officials.

Later in the day, at least one man, claimed to be Palestinian, opened fire through a car on a group of Israelis standing in traffic near the entrance of the Jewish-only Gush Etzion settlement in West Bank. The attacker then drove his car into the pedestrians.

Three people, an 18 year old American, an Israeli citizen and a Palestinian died in the attack.

Whether the Palestinian died in the shooting attack of the motorist or as a result of the fire of Israeli forces is not clear, Israeli police later said.

10 people were also injured in the attack. One of whom was seriously injured.

The shooter was apprehended after being shot and injured, the police said.  

Aliyan Mahmud, a sixth person also died on Thursday. The 22 year old Palestinian man was wounded in the occupied West Bank on November 11.

At least 89 Palestinians including an Arab Israeli and at least 15 Israelis, as well as the American, have all died since violence broke out at the start of October.

TRTWorld and agencies