At least three Israeli civilians were injured by gunshots in a shooting terror attack near a cafe on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening.
The injured were evacuated to Ichilov Hospital. One of the injured arrived in critical condition after being shot in the neck. Another injured man arrived in moderate condition with gunshot wounds, while the third was lightly injured by shrapnel, according to Ichilov Hospital.
The injured men were identified as Michael Osdon, who was moderately injured and wedding DJ Rotem Mansano and Or Ashkar who were severely injured and are fighting for their lives.
A possible second attacker
According to the Tel Aviv district police commander, one terrorist was killed, while the search for other possible terrorists continued through the night.
Early reports and footage indicated there were two terrorists with guns.
Videos from the scene appeared to show at least one terrorist firing on Israeli civilians, with one of the terrorists eventually being shot and a possible second escaping so far.
The terrorist's identity was reported as Mo'taz Khawaja, a 23-year-old resident of the Palestinian village of Ni'lin near Ramallah in the West Bank. He was a Hamas operative who was in Israeli prison twice for holding illegal weapons, according to Palestinian media reports.
While the first injured were being treated, more shots were heard from a different location on Dizengoff Street, a Magen David Adom first responder told N12 News.
Israeli politicians wish the injured a speedy recovery
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said that he was at Shin Bet headquarters getting regular updates.
"I want to wish the injured people a speedy recovery, in my name and my wife Sara's name," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Italy. "We strengthen the work of security forces against terrorists. I'm sure that these incidents won't ease up as this is part of our work for building up the country."
"A difficult evening in Tel Aviv," wrote opposition leader Yair Lapid on Twitter. "A terror attack in the middle of a commercial area. I send wishes of a speedy recovery to the injured and strengthen the police and security forces in their efforts to restore the peace to the streets. Against terrorism, we need to operate a strong hand with no hesitation."
"A difficult terror attack in Tel Aviv," said National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. "At this difficult moment, I pray for the recovery of the injured and wish them a speedy recovery in the name of all the people in Israel."
"The shooting terror attack in Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv is an initial response to the crimes of the occupation, the last of which was the murder of three young people this morning," said Hamas Spokesman Abd al-Latif al-Kanua.
This is a developing story.