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Five killed in Israel as gunman opens fire, third attack within a week

Picture Courtesy: Reuters

Five people were killed on the outskirts of Tel Aviv in Israel as a gunman opened fire on civilians. The gunman was shot dead by police, a paramedic at the scene said. The incident happened in Bnei Brak, one of the country's most populous ultra-Orthodox Jewish areas.

This is the third attack which has happened within a week. The Israeli security forces were on high alert after attacks by Israeli Arabs last Tuesday and Sunday, which left six people dead.

The Footage from the scene showed the gunman in dark clothing raising his automatic weapon and firing through the passenger window at point-blank range.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, "Israel is facing a wave of murderous Arab terrorism. The security forces are operating. We will fight terror with perseverance, stubbornness, and an iron fist.”

Opposition leader and former Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel was "in the midst of a dangerous wave of terrorism that we have not seen for many years. Determined action must be taken to restore peace and security to the citizens of Israel”.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned the attack saying that people around the world “should be able to live in peace and without fear."

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