PM visits victims of Tel Aviv terror attack, vows to hunt down terrorists ‘everywhere’

Following a visit Saturday night to speak with hospitalized victims Thursday deadly horror shooting in Tel Aviv and their families, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said security forces will continue to “hunt terrorists everywhere, day and night.”

“I just finished visiting the wounded at Ichilov hospital, they are in high spirits and very strong spirits,” Bennett said.

Thursday’s terror attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv killed three people and wounded at least 10 others, breaking a tense calm that had been in place since March 28, when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire in the suburb of Bnei Brak. in Tel Aviv, killing five people. .

The terrorist who carried out the shooting attack on Thursday was shot dead after being discovered by security forces early Friday morning following a massive overnight manhunt.

Bennett said on Saturday that Israel was “turning from defense to offense, and attacking the sources of terrorism, anytime, anywhere, at night, during the day, in the morning, in the afternoon and wherever.” are”.

“As I said, there will be no restrictions on the security forces, the IDF, the Shin Bet and the Israel Police. We will continue to hunt down terrorists everywhere,” he said.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits victims of a terrorist shooting in Tel Aviv, at Ichilov hospital, on April 9, 2022. (Courtesy)

Early Saturday, Israeli security forces raided the West Bank home of the terrorist who carried out the Tel Aviv attack, being attacked by Palestinian gunmen in the city of Jenin and other nearby villages.

In footage posted online, heavy gunshots were heard in the area. The IDF said there were no Israeli casualties.

The army reportedly tried to arrest the father of 29-year-old Ra’ad Hazem, the terrorist who killed three Israelis when he opened fire at the Ilka bar on Thursday night, but he was not home at the time of the attack. . operation.

Hazem’s father, Fathi, is a former security prisoner who previously served as an officer in the Palestinian Authority’s security services in Jenin. He has refused an Israeli request to be questioned.

On Friday, Fathi praised his son’s actions before a crowd gathered outside the family home. “Your eyes will see victory soon. You will see the change. You will achieve your freedom… God, free the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the desecration of the occupiers,” Fathi said, according to the footage.

Hazem fled after Thursday’s attack and was found hiding near a mosque in Jaffa after an hours-long manhunt involving hundreds of security officers. While initially raising his hands in surrender, Hazem reportedly pulled out a gun and opened fire on the officers, who responded and killed him.

An Israeli soldier takes a measurement at the home of the terrorist who killed three people in Tel Aviv, during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, on April 9, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces )

According to Palestinian reports, troops in Jenin gathered evidence at the Hazem family’s home on Saturday and questioned other relatives there.

Reports said Hazem’s relatives are suspected of assisting him in the preparations for the attack and helping him carry it out.

The Shin Bet security agency has said that Hazem “had no clear organizational affiliation, security record or previous arrests.”

In addition to searches, troops mapped the Hazem family home ahead of possible demolition.

Funeral services for two of Thursday’s fatalities, childhood friends Tomer Morad and Eytam Magini, both 27, were to take place Sunday afternoon at Kfar Saba’s Pardes Haim cemetery. The funeral of Barak Lufan, a 35-year-old father of three who was seriously injured in the attack and later died of his injuries, was to be held in his hometown of Kibbutz Ginosar, with a date and time to be determined. .

The three victims of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv on April 7, 2022. From left: Tomer Morad, Eytam Magini, and Barak Lufen. (Courtesy)

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