The funeral left three dead in the Israeli Independence Day attack as police hunt down suspects

The Magen David Adom Emergency Service called them Oren Ben Yiftach, father of six; Yonatan Habakkuk, father of five; and Boaz Gol, father of five. Everyone was 40, MDA said earlier.

Emergency services received a report on the attack at 8:36 pm local time (1:36 pm ET).

The three men who were killed died on the spot, emergency services said. Four other men between the ages of 23 and 60 were hospitalized.

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The hospitals that treated them said Friday that three were in danger of life.

On Friday, Israeli police named the two men suspected of carrying out the attack as 19-year-old Assad Yussef Assad Al-Rafa’i and 20-year-old Subhi Imad Subhi Abu Shakir, residents of the West Bank’s Jenin province.

Police are conducting a manhunt for the two suspects involving helicopters, roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints.

Pictures from the scene Thursday night showed several emergency vehicles, including ambulances and motorcycles, arriving after news of the attack.

“This is a very difficult event. When we got to the scene we noticed that it was a complex scene,” Alon Rizkan, an Israeli emergency response service paramedic Magen David Adom (MDA), said in a statement Thursday. .

“Near the square of Ibn Gvirol, a 40-year-old man was lying next to a car with severe body injuries. We performed medical tests but he was without signs of life and we had to declare his death.

“I went down the stairs to the nearby park, performed resuscitation operations on a 40-year-old man who was unconscious and in the end we were forced to report his death,” added the paramedic.

“Tens of meters away, another injured man was lying unconscious, also in his forties, with serious injuries, and after resuscitation he was pronounced dead,” he said.

Elad, where the attack took place, is a quiet, small and largely religious town in central Israel, not far from Ben Gurion International Airport.

Israelis take part in the funeral service of Yonatan Havakuk and Boaz Gol, killed in the attack.

He asks for peace in the midst of growing violence

The attack marks the latest in a series of violent incidents which have plagued Israel and the Palestinian territories in recent weeks.

Dozens have died in the violence in Israel and the West Bank since March 22, according to a CNN tally.

In a statement, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett condemned Thursday’s attack and expressed his condolences to the affected families.

“Our enemies have waged a murderous campaign against Jews wherever they are. Their goal is to break our spirits, but they will fail. We will get our hands on the terrorists and their supportive environment and make sure they pay the price,” Bennett said in the statement.

Israel has confirmed that it will keep Gaza and the West Bank sealed at least until the Sunday following the attack, extending the closures already in place for Israeli holidays.

The Israeli Defense Forces have said that Palestinians living in those territories will only be able to enter Israel with authorization on a humanitarian basis, under special circumstances or for medical reasons.

Israeli security and rescue personnel work on the scene following the incident Thursday.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also condemned the violence on Thursday, his office said in a statement.

“The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians only leads to further deterioration of the situation at a time when we are all striving to achieve stability and prevent escalation,” Abbas said in the statement.

Abbas warned against Jewish settlers using the incident as an excuse “to carry out attacks and reactions against our Palestinian people”.

He added that “lasting, comprehensive and just peace is the shortest and best way to provide security and stability to the Palestinian and Israeli peoples and to the peoples of the region”.

Late Thursday, Palestinian militant groups in Gaza, Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the suspected terrorist attack, without explicitly taking credit for it.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum linked the attack to clashes in the al Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem.

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“This is a brave and heroic act that comes as a natural response to the occupation violations against the al Aqsa mosque,” he told CNN, referring to the presence of Israeli security as a whole.

The attack “sends a message to the occupation that all its crimes and violations will only return to it,” he said, referring to Israel. “Our natural right is that our people respond to the crimes of the occupation, dissuade them and defend our rights. Today, the occupation is footing the bill for its violations.”

Islamic Jihad Political Bureau member Muhammad Hamid Abu Al-Hassan congratulated the attackers.

“The desecration of the occupation army and the settler gangs of the al Aqsa mosque has crossed all red lines and our people will continue to respond to this aggression,” he said, hinting at the clashes that took place on Thursday as a whole.

Only Muslims can visit the holy place, called the Temple Mount by the Jews and Haram al-Sharif or Noble Shrine by the Muslims, during the last 10 days of Ramadan each year. Groups of Israeli Jews began visiting again on Thursday.

Mourning ultra-Orthodox Jews surround a man overcome with grief after the attack.

Blink condemns the attack

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned what he described as a “terrorist attack”, stating in a statement that “it was particularly dire to come when Israel celebrated its Independence Day.”

“We remain in close contact with our Israeli friends and partners and stand firmly with them in the face of this attack,” he added.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price also said Thursday that the attack appears to be “the latest in a series of despicable terrorist attacks that have rocked Israel in recent weeks.”

“We saw them before this holy period – the confluence of Easter, Easter, Ramadan. We saw them before the Negev Summit. And if that is what it appears to be, it is something we would condemn in stronger terms,” ​​he said. said Price.

“Our commitment to our Israeli partners for the security of Israel is firm, and we will provide all necessary assistance in this case,” he added.

CNN’s Jennifer Hansler and Jorge Engels contributed to the report.