(JNS.org) Four Israelis were killed and an additional seven wounded on Wednesday in a Palestinian terrorist shooting at the popular Sarona food and retail market in Tel Aviv.
The Israelis killed in the attack were identified as Ido Ben Ari, 42, of Ramat Gan; Ilana Neve, 39, of Tel Aviv; Michael Feige, 58, of Givatayim; and Mila Mishayev, 32, of Ashkelon.
Magen David Adom treated the wounded on the scene. Reports by police indicated that the shooters disguised themselves as Orthodox Jews. Police said the shooters dined at the Max Brenner restaurant before executing the terror attack. Police later confirmed that the terrorists were 21-year-olds Muhammad and Khalid Muhamra, cousins from the Palestinian village of Yatta near Hebron.
"I was sitting next to Max Brenner when I saw the shots. They shot without stopping in all directions. I ran to the Super Pharm (pharmacy) and he ran toward me. I was told to hide and tried to run," said a woman who hid in a nearby bookstore, as translated from a Hebrew-language report in Yedioth Ahronoth.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency cabinet meeting after the terrorist attack.
"This was the scene of a very difficult incident," Netanyahu told reporters. "Heinous terrorists committed cold-blooded murder. I want to extend my condolences to the [victims'] families, whose worlds have just fallen apart, and wish the wounded a speedy recovery. We have just discussed a series of offensive and defensive measures that we plan to take to fight this serious phenomenon of shooting attacks. This is a challenge, and we will rise to meet it. Naturally, we also expect maximum vigilance from the public. There will be vigorous police and military action, not just to find anyone who may have aided this murder, but to prevent further attacks. We are in the midst of a difficult time, and we will exercise discretion and determination."
The Palestinian terror wave of stabbings, shootings, and car-rammings has now claimed the lives of 38 people since last September.
The office of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said the PA "reaffirms its rejection of all operations that target civilians from any background regardless of the justifications."
"Achieving a just peace and creating a positive climate is what [will] contribute to removing the causes of tension and violence in the region....Achieving peace requires everyone to stop taking any action that will increase tensions and resorting to violence," said the Palestinian statement, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.
Yet Palestinians were seen celebrating the deadly attack on Wednesday, including Palestinians in the city of Tulkarem who handed out candy to passing cars, Israel National News reported.