A terrorist attack in Tel Aviv has left an Italian tourist dead and many others injured. This happened hours after it became clear that the two victims of a West Bank shooting were British.
The ambulance service stated that all victims were foreign tourists when a vehicle struck pedestrians along the promenade.
According to a police statement, one officer heard “a noise” and saw a car upside-down and several people on the ground.
After seeing him reach for a weapon, officers “neutralized and killed the driver”
According to local media, the two British women who were killed in the West Bank shooting were their sisters. One was 15 years old and the other was in her 20s.
Their mother sustained serious injuries in the attack on Hamra, 30 miles north of Jerusalem. He said that the mother of the sisters was in “very critical” condition and was flown to hospital.
After rocket attacks Israel on Friday, Israeli war planes attacked Gaza and Lebanon in a response.
Tensions are high following the raids by police on Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, this week.
Sky News Middle East correspondent Ali Bunkall stated that it is believed that the British victims of West Bank attacks moved to Israel in 2005.
Photographs from the scene show many cars severely damaged along the sides of the road.
According to Oded Revivi (the mayor of a Bethlehem settlement where the family lived), their father was in another vehicle when the attack occurred.
Sky’s correspondent stated that targeting Israeli number plates on cars in the West Bank has become more common in recent weeks.
The shooting site was visited by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Defence Minister Yoav Galant late Friday night.
“It’s only a matter-of-time, and not too much time, before we settle the score,” said Mr Netanyahu.
To find the attackers, roadblocks have been set up.
Although no one has claimed responsibility, a Hamas spokesperson said that it was “retaliation” for Israel’s crimes in the West Bank and Al Aqsa mosque.
A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office stated that they were saddened by the deaths of two British-Israeli citizens as well as the serious injuries suffered by another.
“The UK urges all parties in the region to de-escalate tensions.”
Tension on the streets at religious festivals
Although Jerusalem is calm today, you can still feel the tensions in the streets. Numbers have been increased by Israeli security officers, particularly in the Old City.
This weekend will see the convergence of Ramadan and Passover. The internal intelligence agencies have identified it as a potential flashpoint.
Surprise! Yesterday afternoon, missiles were launched from southern Lebanon to northern Israel. It was a surprise for a few hours but could have been a significant escalation.
This attack on Israel has not occurred since 2006. However, the overnight airstrikes were carefully calibrated to prevent further violence.
Israeli forces attacked the launch sites and areas that were not under Hezbollah control.
Similar strikes were carried out in Gaza, which targeted known Hamas military positions but did not result in any casualties.
It wouldn’t take much violence to ignite more. Violence has escalated often in Ramadan’s second half in previous years.
Between Friday and Sunday, Jews and other religions are prohibited from entering Al Aqsa. There might be more clashes when the compound opens again.
Two young British sisters were murdered in West Bank are the latest tragedy in a trend of militant Palestinian violence.
Israeli number plates are increasingly being targeted by cars, sometimes fatally.
Hamas and Gaza are well-known – you can see the signs and they often follow a pattern.
It is difficult to predict the actions of unaffiliated Palestinians acting on their own and how they might ignite this tinderbox.
The clashes at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa compound occurred at the beginning of Passover, which this years crosses over with Ramadan.
Both Jews and Muslims consider the site sacred, and tensions about access and control can often lead to violence.
Why is tension over Jerusalem holy place?
Israel launched airstrikes in Gaza before dawn on Friday, targeting different areas including tunnels and weapons-making facilities of Hamas, the group that holds the coastal blockade.
According to Israel’s military, Hamas targets were also attacked in the southern Lebanon.
Although there were no reports of any serious injuries from the Israeli strikes however, the Palestinian Health Ministry stated that a Gaza children’s hospital had been damaged.
Israel claimed that it retaliated after 34 rockets were fired from Lebanon on Thursday, one of the most severe such attacks since 2006’s war with Hezbollah.
According to authorities, 25 rockets that were fired at Israel were intercepted and destroyed by air defenses.
The majority of those who made it into Israeli territory were in open areas. However, one house was struck by shrapnel after landing in Sderot.