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Israel: Eight wounded in car ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv

The attack carried out by a Palestinian comes as Israeli military continues a large-scale operation in Jenin
Members of Israeli security and emergency personnel work at the site of a reported car ramming attack in Tel Aviv on 4 July 2023 (AFP)

A Palestinian on Tuesday rammed a pickup truck into pedestrians in Tel Aviv before carrying out a stabbing attack, wounding eight people, on the second day of Israel's biggest military operation in the occupied West Bank in years.

The Palestinian, identified as 20-year-old Abed al-Wahab Khalaila from Hebron, was shot and killed by an armed civilian at the scene, Israeli police said.

CCTV footage circulating online shows the driver crashing into pedestrians at high speed at a bus stop. He is then seen exiting through a window, stabbing a man and chasing other people.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency said Khalaila had entered Israel without a permit and had no record of security offences.

Since Monday, the Israeli military has been deploying drones, Apache helicopters, army bulldozers and ground forces in its worst attack on Jenin in two decades.

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Residents of the camp have been left stunned at the sheer extent of the destruction carried out by Israeli bulldozers, which have levelled most of the streets surrounding the camp.

Piles of rubble line edges of the roads, while the infrastructure has been severely damaged, leaving the camp's residents without water and electricity networks.

"Most of our homes were cut off from electricity at the beginning of the invasion, and we saw many water pipes exploded from under the streets, which were bulldozed and destroyed," Muhammad Abu Talal, a resident of the camp, told Middle East Eye.

Around 3,000 Palestinian civilians fled their homes in the Jenin refugee camp on Monday night, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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