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Tel Aviv attack leaves one tourist dead and 4 wounded.


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One person was killed and at least four others were wounded in a car-ramming attack in the Israeli capital late Friday, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the mobilization of security forces.

Medics said a 30-year-old man sustained fatal gunshot wounds in the accident near the waterfront. The rescue service added that three of the victims, including a 17-year-old, sustained moderate injuries, while two sustained minor injuries.

They said others were injured when a driver hit pedestrians with his car.

The Israeli Ambulance Service also indicated that all the victims of the attack were foreign tourists, without specifying their nationalities.

Police said the car overturned. Officials said the driver was “neutralized”.

Ambulance sirens were heard in the city centre.

The latest incident comes as tensions rise in the region.

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered the mobilization of police forces and army reserves after the attack in Tel Aviv.

“The prime minister instructed the Israel Police to mobilize all reserve border police units, and directed the Israeli army to mobilize additional forces to counter terrorist attacks,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Earlier Friday, two British sisters of Israeli descent, aged 16 and 20, were killed and their mother seriously wounded in a shooting attack in the occupied West Bank.

No group has claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

The attacks came hours after Israel bombed Lebanon and Gaza.

The violence comes amid heightened tensions during Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious holidays.

On Wednesday evening, the occupation police raided Al-Aqsa Mosque, firing stun grenades and rubber bullets to forcibly remove the worshipers. Palestinians threw stones at the officers. After a few hours of scuffles that left a trail of damage, the police removed everyone from the compound.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the third holiest site in Islam. Jews call the area the Temple Mount, saying it was the site of two synagogues in ancient times.

East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980 in a move not recognized by the international community.

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