Late on April 7, an Italian tourist was killed and seven others were wounded in a suspected ramming attack in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.
The attack took place between Kaufmann Street and the adjacent Charles Clore Park. The suspect reportedly attempted to access a weapon to open fire at bystanders before deciding to flee the scene. He was later identified as 45 year-old Palestinian Yousef Abu Jaber, a resident of Kafr Qassem.
According to the Magen David Adom ambulance service, one of the casualties had died, and seven others were wounded, with three in moderate condition.
The fatality was later identified as Italian national Alessandro Parini, a 35-year-old lawyer from Rome. The wounded casualties were also tourists from Italy and the United Kingdom.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni condemned what she called a “cowardly attack” in Tel Aviv, expressing solidarity with Israel.
“Deep sorrow and condolences for the death of one of our nationals, Alessandro Parini, in the terrorist attack that took place in the evening in Tel Aviv. Condolences to the victim’s family, to the wounded, and solidarity with the State of Israel for the cowardly attack that hit him,” the PM wrote on Twitter.
The suspected ramming attack came just a few hours after a drive-by shooting in the West Bank that killed two Israelis and left a third critically wounded.
Violence in Israel has been on the rise since the police stormed al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and arrested hundreds of Palestinian worshippers on April 5. The assault provoked rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon. Tel Aviv responded by striking sites of the movement in both areas.
The upcoming few days could witness more attacks in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the West Bank, or even a new round of clashes around Gaza.