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Israel: Hamas Terrorist Wounds Three in Tel Aviv Shooting, Palestinians Distribute Sweets in Celebration

Israel: Hamas Terrorist Wounds Three in Tel Aviv Shooting, Palestinians Distribute Sweets in Celebration

Islamic terrorist group Hamas: “We mourn the martyr Mutaz al-Khawaja, and we extoll his heroic operation.”

Three Israeli civilians were shot and wounded when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on a crowded street in central Tel Aviv.

Israeli media reported that one of the victims is in critical condition, and another is reported to have suffered a serious injury.

An armed off-duty police officer eliminated the terrorist, thus preventing further bloodshed. The slain terrorist was identified as an illegal intruder from West Bank with ties to the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.

The Times of Israel reported:

Three people were shot and wounded in a terrorist shooting near a cafe in central Tel Aviv on Thursday night, police and medics said.

Police said the Palestinian attacker opened fire at people outside the cafe on the corner of Dizengoff Street and Ben Gurion Street, an area typically bustling on Thursday night. He then fled the scene while shooting at other people in the area, before being shot dead in a shootout with police officers a short time later.

One victim was listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing surgery and was still fighting for his life, said doctors at Ichilov Medical Center, where the injured were taken. The other two were listed in serious and moderate condition, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

The hospital said the critically wounded victim was stabilized and was to undergo surgery along with the other man who was seriously hurt.

Hamas claims responsibility, West Bank Palestinians distribute sweets

The gunman was identified as 23-year-old Mutaz al-Khuwaja, a twice-convicted terrorist and resident of the West Bank, who entered Israel illegally.

A video circulating on Twitter showed the family of the slain terrorist celebrating the news of his jihadist exploits with joyful hugs and loud chants of “Allahu Akbar.”

Gaza-based Islamic terrorist group Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Israeli TV channel i24news reported the jihadist background of the terrorist:

Israeli authorities confirmed late on Thursday that the Palestinian terrorist who perpetrated the shooting in central Tel Aviv was 23-year-old Mutaz al-Khuwaja. He was killed at the scene by an off-duty officer as he charged at police.

He was a resident of the West Bank town of Ni’lin. His father Sheikh Salah al-Khawaja, a senior Hamas operative, said that he “was not informed of the plan by any official authority” but “heard on the news and saw pictures of my son.” He and another one of his sons were arrested by Israeli security forces overnight.

Mutaz al-Khuwaja was jailed in Israel twice on terrorism-related offenses and entered illegally from the West Bank on Thursday.

Hamas, a terrorist group based in the Gaza Strip, claimed that al-Khawaja was a member of its military wing. “We mourn the martyr Mutaz al-Khawaja, and we extoll his heroic operation, and we threaten the criminal occupation with more attacks,” the statement read.

Other videos posted on Twitter show Palestinians in the West Bank town of Jenin — a known Islamic Jihad (PIJ) stronghold — gathering together in spontaneous processions amid loud chants of “Allahu Akbar.” The Jenin residents were seen handing out sweets on the streets and motorists honking their horns in a hideous display.

Much like the previous years, Israel is witnessing a terrorist wave in the run-up to the Muslim fasting month.

This Ramadan, Israeli defense analysts believe that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) plan to drag the IDF and security forces into a protracted conflict and trigger a third intifada, a reference to the two previous waves of Palestinian rioting and terror between 1987–1993 and 1999–2004.

“The terrorist organizations plan to step up attacks toward the month of Ramadan (March 22-April 20, 2023) as a catalyst for a third intifada,” Israel’s leading Middle East expert, Yoni Ben-Menachem, noted in a recent article.


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alaskabob | March 10, 2023 at 11:36 am

Could someone distribute Exlax chocolates to these people…. it might clear their minds.

Merchants of death and destruction, yet loved by pretend, deluded defenders of human rights that actually support human depravity.

Semitic Spring

gonzotx | March 10, 2023 at 12:08 pm

Religion of Peace

George Bush…

Geologist | March 10, 2023 at 12:59 pm

A non-govt organization needs to step up and start killing immediate family members of such martyrs and Hamas leadership.

Almost anyone but the Israelis would have long since started interrupting such celebrations with HE and napalm shells.

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