(A7) At least three people have been killed and four others wounded in a terrorist attack in the haredi city of Elad Thursday night.
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Several Magen David Adom (MDA)and United Hatzalah ambulances were called to the scene of the incident. The MDA released a statement that there were seven victims in total, three of whom were killed. Of the other four victims, three are in serious condition, one is in moderate condition, and one is in light condition.
🔴#BREAKING #Terrorist attack in Elad city in #Israel
We send our deepest condolences to our Jewish brothers and sisters and to the whole great people of Israel💔
We pray to God for the dead and ask God for them forgiveness and mercy’s and for the injured a speedy recovery🙏
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According to preliminary reports, the terrorist attacked people with an axe on a city street before moving to a nearby park to continue his killing spree. Police spokesperson Eli Levy said that there were reportedly two attackers, one armed with an axe, and one with a knife.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Moshe Sa’adon, the head of the Elad chapter for the organization who was one of the first responders at the scene said, “Unfortunately, one of the people injured in the stabbing incident was pronounced dead at the scene. We had performed CPR on him in an attempt to save his life but were unsuccessful.”
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“Additionally, together with other first responders, I treated two other people who were in critical condition and three additional people in serious condition. There was one person in moderate to serious condition and a number of people who sustained light injuries.”
Two other victims were later declared dead.
One witness wrote on Twitter: “I was in an attack in Elad. The terrorists came in front of me and another friend alone with huge axes. My whole hand was covered in blood but I was miraculously saved. Thank G-d.”
Elad Mayor Yisrael Porush called on residents to stay in their homes: “It is better that now everyone is at home and also closes the balconies, it is not clear if the perpetrators were caught. The forces are doing their job and it is better not to make it difficult for them.”
The mayor added: “This is the city’s main park, it’s a large area and it makes it difficult for the forces. To my understanding, there is more than one are of focus from this incident.”