(Worthy News) – Eleven people have been killed in Israel in three separate terror attacks over the past week, the largest weekly toll since 2006 at the tail end of the Second Intifada. The shooting spree on Tuesday night outside Tel Aviv, which claimed the lives of five people, was the single deadliest terror attack since the 2014 Har Nof synagogue massacre.
These three attacks do not appear to have been coordinated in any way, nor were the perpetrators connected to one another: The first in Beersheba and the second in Hadera were carried out by Arab Israelis affiliated with the Islamic State terror group, while the third, in Bnei Brak, was carried out by a Palestinian allegedly part of Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, which is ideologically opposed to Islamic State.
Unlike the first two attacks, which appear to have been carried out by terrorists acting independently, Tuesday night’s attack appears to have relied on a larger terrorist network. The gunman, Diaa Hamarsheh, 26, entered Israel illegally from his hometown, the West Bank village of Yabed near Jenin, and only then obtained the M-16 assault rifle that he used to carry out his deadly shooting spree, according to initial assessments by Israeli security forces. How exactly he crossed into Israel, and who provided him with the weapon, was not immediately known. [ Source: Times of Israel (Read More…) ]