Israeli police vehicles at the scene of a shooting attack in Hadera, 27 March, 2022. (Photo credit: Israel Police)
A gun attack in Hadera city in the Haifa district in the evening of 27 March killed two people and injured several others.
According to Israeli media reports, a man and woman were killed when two gunmen opened fire on a crowd of people in a busy part of the city.
Reports say the two shooters were subsequently killed by two undercover police officers who responded to the attack. The media reports identified the attackers as “two Arab-Israeli men from Umm el-Fahm.”
Videos posted on various social media showed two men firing what seemed like automatic weapons.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far, but the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) hailed the attack as “a response to the summit of humiliation and shame in the occupied Negev.”
The attack came just a few hours after a diplomatic summit involving the foreign ministers of Israel, the US, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Egypt and Bahrain kicked off in the town of Sde Boker in the Negev region.
Hours before the start of the summit, the Israeli state broadcaster, KAN, reported that security around the country especially the southern region had been strengthened due to fears of possible attacks during the summit.
Military planes have reportedly been deployed to the Negev region to counter any possible drone attacks on the summit venue.