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Palestinian shot dead in Tel Aviv in retaliatory attack; resistance lauds ‘heroic’ act

Palestinian man Abdel Wahhab Khalaila, 23, was killed in a car-ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv on July 4, 2023.

A Palestinian youth has been fatally shot after a car-ramming and stabbing attack in central Tel Aviv, with resistance groups praising the retaliatory attack as a “heroic” act against the Israeli regime’s ongoing aggression against the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Palestine's Shehab news agency said the Palestinian was identified as Abdel Wahhab Khalaila, a 23-year-old man from the town of Samu’, south of al-Khalil, in the occupied West Bank.

Shehab said Khalaila’s car went off course and ran into a bus station near a shopping center in Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon. The Palestinian youth then got out of the car and started a stabbing attack before he was shot and wounded.

Video footage shared by Palestine's official Wafa news agency showed an armed Israeli settler shooting Khalaila while he was wounded on the ground several times from a very short distance until he was dead.

Israeli media said seven people were injured in the car-ramming and stabbing attack in Tel Aviv, some of them critically.

The retaliatory attack comes as the Israeli military has for a second day in a row been carrying out a major offensive in the northern West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp.

The occupation forces have so far assaulted several neighborhoods in Jenin by air and land as the Palestinian death toll from the latest wave of Israeli aggression has topped 10 since it began in the early hours of Monday.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad laud ‘heroic operation’ in Tel Aviv

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement movement praised Khalaila’s retaliatory attack in Tel Aviv and said the “heroic operation” was a response to the Israeli regime’s killings in Jenin.

"This heroic operation is a legitimate self-defense against the ongoing Zionist massacre in Jenin, and the crimes of displacement, killing and destruction committed by the occupation forces," Hamas said in a press statement.

"Our people's resistance will continue and escalate, and it will diversify its tools and expand its area, in revenge for the blood of the martyrs and to protect the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque from Judaization schemes,” the statement added.

Khaled al-Batsh, a member of the politburo of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement, extolled the "heroic and qualitative operation carried out by a resistance fighter in Tel Aviv as the resistance's first and natural response to what is happening in Jenin.”

Stressing that the occupation will fail to achieve its goals in Jenin, Batsh said, "The aggression against Jenin will not succeed in breaking the will of our Palestinian people or eliminating the resistance in the West Bank.”

According to Israeli military sources, more than 1,000 troops were involved in the Jenin attack, in which air fire was used by the occupation forces in the occupied West Bank for the first time since the Second Intifada.

Tensions have been running high across the occupied West Bank in recent months amid repeated Israeli raids on Palestinian towns and cities.

Nearly 190 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of this year, according to the Health Ministry. At least 25 Israelis have also been killed in separate attacks during the same period.

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