At least three killed in an attack in Elad, Israel

At least three people were killed on Thursday, May 5, during an attack in Elad, a city twenty kilometers from Tel Aviv, in the east, when the country celebrates its 74th anniversary.And Anniversary of the establishment of the state. Four people were also reported injured, two of them in critical condition, according to Israeli rescue services Magen David Adom.

According to Israeli media, she is a A terrorist attackcommitted by two men. Speaking in Keshet 12, the city’s mayor asked residents to lock themselves up during the security forces’ operation.

The police, who are conducting a chase after the attack, did not give details of the identity of the attackers and the exact circumstances in which it occurred. We are looking for one or two terrorists.Central Israel police chief Avi Biton said.

The location of the attack was complex.”According to MDA’s Israeli lifeguard Alon Rezkan, who said he saw a 40-year-old man dead near a roundabout, then another man unconscious in a nearby park, eventually pronounced dead, and another at his side succumbed to his injuries.

‘It was a horrific attack targeting innocent men and women, especially horrific as Israel celebrates its independence day’US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, affirming the United States’ stand “definitely” along with their Israeli allies.

closure of the Gaza Strip

This sixth attack against Israel since March 22 took place in Elad, a city of about 50,000 residents, including many ultra-Orthodox Jews. This brings to 18 the death toll in attacks against Israel during this period, some perpetrated by Israeli Arabs and others by Palestinians. Following the first attacks, Israeli forces carried out a series of operations in the occupied West Bank. In total, at least 26 Palestinians, including assailants, have been killed since the beginning of this wave of attacks against Israel.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the closure of the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank until Sunday “To prevent the escape of terrorists” this Palestinian land.

Armed Palestinian Islamic Movements Hamas and Islamic Jihad ” plural “ attacks “heroic”called ” interaction “ of the recent tensions in Jerusalem, without claiming it.

” this process [à Elad] Witness the anger of our people from the occupation’s attacks on the holy sites. The storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque cannot go unpunished.”Hazem Qassem, a spokesman for Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave of 2.3 million people, said.

“The desecration of the occupation forces [nom donné à la police et l’armée israélienne par des Palestiniens] And settler gangs in Al-Aqsa have crossed all red lines.”Muhammad Hamid Abul-Hassan added from the Political Bureau of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

New clashes in the mosque square

Meanwhile, clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians left nearly 300 injured in the mosque square in the Palestinian part of Jerusalem occupied since 1967 by Israel. After a break of several days tied to the end of Ramadan, Jewish worshipers headed to the Haram on Thursday, the day of 74And The anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, according to the Hebrew calendar, which coincided with the end of the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Fitr.

Under the undeclared status quo, non-Muslims can visit the Haram – the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest place in Judaism under the name “Temple Mount” – but without praying there. However, an increasing number of Jews are going there, and the fact that some of them pray there surreptitiously raises concerns that this status quo will be challenged among many Muslims. Over the past few weeks, the Israeli government has repeatedly said it does not want to back down.

In the morning, clashes broke out between Israeli police and Palestinians in the square of mosques in East Jerusalem, as Jewish worshipers began to return again, according to witnesses and police.

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Le Monde with the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse and Reuters

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