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Israel: Two killed, several wounded in Tel Aviv shooting

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Dizengoff Street, where the attack happened, is a place bustling with bars and restaurants

Two people have been killed by at least one gunman in the centre of Tel Aviv, Israel, in the fourth attack of its kind in just over two weeks.

The shootings happened on Dizengoff Street, one of the busiest streets, known for its bars and restaurants.

Security forces are hunting for at least one gunman and police have told people to stay indoors.

It follows a spree of attacks by Israeli Arabs and a Palestinian which left 11 people dead.

Eight people were wounded in Thursday night’s shootings, four of them critically, Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital said.

According to the Times of Israel, the attack began when at least one gunman opened fire at Ilka bar on Dizengoff.

“We dove under the tables and people started crying, it was horrible,” Evelyn Gertz, 34, who was eating next door, told the news site.

Video from Dizengoff Street shows people running away as emergency vehicles pour into the area, sirens wailing. CCTV footage from an outside bar shows people drinking then suddenly dashing away at the moment of the attack, overturning chairs in the scramble to escape.

As security forces scoured the area, police appealed to people to not venture out.

“Don’t leave your homes. Don’t stick your heads out of the window. Stay off your balconies,” police spokesman Eli Levy said on Channel 13 television.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is reportedly being briefed at the military headquarters in Tel Aviv, about 1km (0.6 miles) from Dizengoff Street.

Israel’s security forces were already on a high state of alert after a deadly spate of attacks in recent days.

At the end of last month, five people were shot dead by a Palestinian gunman in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish suburb of Tel Aviv. Days earlier, six people were killed in two attacks by three Israeli Arabs in the northern city of Hadera and the southern city of Beersheba. All the perpetrators were shot dead.

It marks the deadliest period of attacks in Israel since 2006, with fears of further incidents in the lead-up to the Muslim festival of Ramadan, the Jewish festival of Passover and the Christian festival of Easter which coincide in a rare convergence next week.

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