At least two people were killed and eight were injured in a gunfight in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Thursday night. The reason for the attack in a crowded area with many bars and restaurants was not immediately known.


The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas praised the attack. The incident came amid rising tensions, following recent attacks by Palestinians that killed 11 people in Israel.


Israel’s Magan David Adom emergency service said it had received reports of shootings at “multiple scenes” around the city of Tel Aviv. It said it rushed six people to a nearby hospital, three of whom were in critical or critical condition.

Among the targeted areas was Dizengoff Street, a popular weekend hangout spot. Police have appealed to the people to stay away from the area.


His office said Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was monitoring the situation from Israel’s military headquarters, which is also in the city of Tel Aviv.

Protests and clashes during Ramadan last year led to the 11-day Gaza War.

US Ambassador Tom Nides tweeted: “Shocked to see yet another cowardly terrorist attack on innocent civilians, this time in Tel Aviv. Praying for peace, and sending condolences to the victims and their families. This has got to stop!”