0951 GMT August 13, 2022
The incident reportedly took place in the city’s Dizengoff Street on Thursday, according to Press TV.
Police spokesman Eli Levy said the attacker opened fire at short range and then fled on foot. Several people were also wounded.
The attacker eluded police for hours before he was killed in a shootout with security forces early Friday, according to AP.
It was the fourth deadly attack in Israel by Palestinians in less than three weeks.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Friday he granted the security forces "full freedom of action" following the deadly shooting in Tel Aviv, according to AFP.
Palestinians have, however, ramped up their retaliatory attacks against Israeli forces in recent weeks, carrying out a series of operations that have killed at least 11 Israelis since March 22. Eight Palestinians have also been killed during the same period.
The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a coalition of a number of armed Palestinian groups, hailed the “heroic operation,” saying it “confused the Zionist enemy and proved its fragility and weakness.”
The operation “showed the ability of our Palestinian people and their resistant youth to take the battle to the depths of the enemy's entity,” the PRC said in a statement.
“It proved that the spirit of challenge and resistance in our people exceeds the power of the Zionist enemy.”
Abdul-Latif al-Qanou, a spokesman for the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, also said the operation managed to strike the Zionist security system and showed the ability of “our people to hurt the Zionist regime,” the Palestinian Shehab News Agency reported.
Islamic Jihad, another Gaza-headquartered resistance group, also reacted to the operation, calling it a “natural response” to the Israeli regime’s aggression.
Such operations, it added, was making the regime “pay part of the price of its own crimes and its settlers’ terrorist acts against our people” in the occupied territories.
Lebanon's resistance movement Hezbollah also hailed the operation. It said the Palestinians once again demonstrated their ability to confront the occupying regime and respond to its crimes.