JERUSALEM — At least five people were killed when a Palestinian gunman opened fire on pedestrians in many municipalities near Tel Aviv on March 29.
Kann, Israel’s government-run radio service, said the attack took place Tuesday evening where Bnei Brak, a largely Orthodox municipality, runs into Ramat Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb. The attacker shot people as he traveled down a thoroughfare. There were casualties in both municipalities.
Kann, quoting security sources, said the assailant was a Palestinian from the West Bank and that the police had killed him.
Earlier in the week, on Suday, March 27, a terror attack in Hadera killed two. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack.
Israeli police and the Shin Bet security service arrested five suspects.
In that attack, two heavily-armed Islamic terrorists fired at passerby, killing two Border Police, Shirel Abukaret, 19 of Netanya, and Yazan Fallah, also 19, from the Druze village of Kasra-Smia. More were wounded.
Five of the wounded were still hospitalized at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera as of March 28. One of the victims was in very serious condition, one in moderate condition and two in light condition.
A total of 12 wounded were treated at the hospital.
Searches in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm exposed a handgun and AirSoft rifles, cellular devices, documents and computers, as well as books and materials connected with ISIS.
Police arrested three local residents suspected of identifying with and belonging to a terrorist organization. Two more suspects were arrested elsewhere.
The two people who carried out the attack, Ibrahim and Ayman Agbaria, cousins from Umm al-Fahm, were killed by a nearby Special Forces unit.
Both had Israeli citizenship.
The two were armed with three handguns, three knives, cartridges and packages of bullets, body armor and other equipment.
Since the beginning of March, nine terrorist attacks have been carried out across Israel, in 11 Israelis have been killed.
Security tensions in Israel are high amid the uptick in deadly attacks and the country’s security establishment is bracing for more violence, especially as Ramadan coincides with Passover, and as the first anniversary of Operation Guardian of the Walls approaches in May, 2022. It was launched by the IDF following a Hamas rocket attack on Jerusalem that began in Ramadan.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett convened top security officials on Tuesday.
JTA contributed to this report.