2 Killed and More Than 10 Wounds When Gunman Sets Fire to Tel Aviv  

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At least two people were killed and more than 10  wounded when a gunman opened fire in a popular area in central Tel Aviv on Thursday night, according to Israeli authorities, The Washington Post reported

The two fatalities were men in their 30s, according to Israel’s emergency services. Medics said the others wounded suffered gunshot wounds to their chests and stomachs, the news outlet reported. 

The Thursday night attack began when at least one gunman opened fire at a bar named, Ilka located on Dizengoff Street, according to the Times of Israel, tThe BBC reported the story. 

Dizengoff Street is a busy street in Tel Aviv. It is also the beginning of the weekend. This area is crowded with people and is lined by trendy bars and restaurants. According to the Associated Press, 

The news outlet reported that police stated that the gunman fled from the scene of the shooting into a dense residential area.

The shooter was identified as a West Bank resident, according to The Washington Post.

Evelyn Gertz, 34 years old, was sitting next door to the spot where the shooting took place and told the BBC. “We dove under the tables and people started crying, it was horrible,”She spoke.

Video from CCTV shows chaos of people scrambling trying to escape from the downtown area as emergency vehicles rushed in, a report said.

According to the BBC, police urged the public not to leave their homes and to get out of the way until the gunman was caught.

“Don’t leave your homes. Don’t stick your heads out of the window. Stay off your balconies,”Eli Levy, a spokesperson for the police, stated that Eli Levy spoke on Channel 13 television. 

Two hours after the shooting, gunman was still at large. At least 1,000 police officers, as well as additional IDF soldiers, were looking for him in the area. The Jerusalem Post reported

According to police, the report said that the suspect was wearing black shorts and a shirt and carrying a gun. 

Special forces, including units from the IDF’s Sayeret Matkal and Shaldag Units and police’s Yamam elite counter-terror unit, were searching for the gunman with senior agents from the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), The Jerusalem Post reported.

According to the AP, it was not immediately known what the motive behind the shooting was. 

According to The Jerusalem Post, at least four of those wounded were in critical condition at Sourasky Medical Center. 

Police claimed that there were “indications”According to the AP, Thursday’s shooting was politically motivated. According to the news outlet, it was the fourth attack on Israel in three weeks. It also occurred at a time when tensions between Israel and Palestine were high.  

The Washington Post reported that the militant Hamas group in Gaza, which is ruling Gaza, did not claim responsibility for the attack. However, they did praise the attack in Tel Aviv.

Hamas referred to it as “a terrorist organization” in a statement posted on its website on Thursday. “heroic operation” that “led to the killing of a number of occupying soldiers and Zionist settlers, the news outlet reported. 

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, and Operations Directorate OC Maj.-Gen. Oded Basyuk was at the Kirya Military headquarters in Tel Aviv are receiving regular updates, The Jerusalem Post reported.

*** This is a developing story.