Hamas condoned on Wednesday a stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus which left nine people injured, calling it an act of heroism.
A 23-year-old man from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, illegally residing in Israel, stabbed nine Israelis on the 40 bus line near Maariv junction. Two of the victims were seriously wounded and several others suffered moderate injuries.
Izzat al-Risheq, a senior Hamas official, said the stabbing attack "against Zionists in Tel Aviv is a brave and heroic act."
The event was deemed a "natural response to Israeli terrorism," by Hamas Spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri, who issued an official statement as events in Tel Aviv unfolded.
The incident, the statement said, was a response to the ongoing "Israeli crimes" against the Palestinian people.