Two 19-year-olds killed in terror attack in Hadera, Israel

Terrorists identified as Arab-Israeli citizens and ISIS supporters. PM Bennett: “I call on citizens to continue being alert. Together we will defeat this enemy as well"

Two 19-year-olds killed in terror attack in Hadera, Israel

From left: Shirel Abukarat and Yezen Falah. Photos courtesy families

Border Police officers Yezen Falah and Shirel Abukarat, both 19, are the victims killed in last night’s terror attack in the Israeli city of Hadera. According to the police, the two saved many lives during the attack.

Around 9pm last night (Sunday), two armed terrorists arrived at Herbert Samuel street, a central street in the city packed with restaurants and cafes, and opened fire towards a bus station.

Several members of the IDF counterterrorism force, who were in a restaurant nearby, heard he gunshot and rushed to the scene, where they fatally shot the perpetrators. Two of them were shot and wounded during the struggle.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett arrived in Hadera following the attack, where he held  a situation assessment together with the Public Security Minister, the Inspector General of the Israel Police, the Director of the ISA, the Deputy Public Security Minister, and other officials.

The terrorists were identified as Israeli citizens, Arab residents of the town of Um el Fahem, and supporters of ISIS. This is the second terror attack within a week committed by an Arab-Israeli ISIS supporter, following last week’s lethal attack in Be’er Sheba by a Bedouin resident of Houra, who murdered four people in a combined ramming and stabbing attack.

“The second terrorist attack inside Israel by Islamic State supporters requires the security forces to adjust quickly to the new threat, and we will do so,” said PM Bennett this morning. “I call on citizens to continue being alert. Together we will defeat this enemy as well."

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