Israel embarks on a manhunt operation after a new bloody attack in Elad

“We are looking for one or two terrorists,” said Israeli Police Chief of the Central District, Avi Biton.

For his part, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced the closure of the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank until Sunday, in order to “prevent the escape of terrorists” to these Palestinian territories.

Earlier, Magen David Adom, Israel’s medical aid organization, said three of the injured were in critical condition.

This attack comes after a series of similar attacks in Israel in recent weeks, by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs.

Israeli police said the attack apparently took place at separate locations in the city and said it had launched a wide-ranging security operation to track down the attackers.

He explained that he set up checkpoints and patrolled with the support of helicopters to locate a car that fled the scene of the attack.

The police did not clarify the circumstances of the attack, but several Israeli media said that its perpetrators used weapons to launch it. “The terrorists have not yet been arrested,” he added.

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said “the joy of Independence Day was cut short in an instant” and denounced a “bloody attack in Elad.”

In Elad, paramedic Alon Rezkan, who was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the attack, said he saw a “complex scene,” noting that the three dead were men in their early forties.

For its part, the Magen David Adom, Israel’s version of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, said the seriously injured were men between 35 and 60 years old.

The vast majority of Elad’s population of around 50,000 belongs to the ultra-Orthodox sect.

Bnei Brak, a predominantly Haredi city located like Elad in the coastal suburb of Tel Aviv, was the target of a similar attack in March.

Since March 22, several Israeli cities have witnessed a series of attacks that have killed 15 people, including an Israeli Arab policeman and two Ukrainians. This toll does not include the victims of Thursday’s attack.

Two of these bloody attacks in the Tel Aviv area were carried out by Palestinians.

During the same period, a total of 27 Palestinians and three Israeli Arabs were killed, including perpetrators of attacks and others killed by Israeli forces while conducting operations in the West Bank.

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