The Latest: UN Security Council condemns shooting in Israel

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Posted: Jun 09, 2016 8:36 PM
The Latest: UN Security Council condemns shooting in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath to a deadly shooting in Tel Aviv (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

The U.N. Security Council is condemning the deadly shooting at a popular Israeli tourist spot in the strongest terms and calling for those responsible for "these reprehensible acts of terrorism" to be brought to justice.

A council statement approved Thursday by all 15 members expressed sympathy to the families of the four civilians killed and many injured in the attack by two West Bank Palestinians in Tel Aviv, and to the government of Israel.

Council members "reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable."

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Danny Danon said the council statement was the first official condemnation of "terrorism" in Israel since the current wave of attacks began eight months ago.

He called the condemnation "an important and moral statement" and called on all countries to oppose "Palestinian incitement that directly leads to violent terrorism."


9:20 p.m.

Israeli media say that one of the Palestinian gunmen who killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv fled the scene of the attack and took refuge in the apartment of a police officer who later arrested him.

The wife of an off-duty officer told Channel 2 TV that when the couple on Wednesday entered their home, which is near the scene of the attack, a man in a suit walked in with them and asked for water.

She says the two "didn't suspect anything. We thought that he just seemed panicked" from the attack.

The report did not name the woman, identifying her only as the daughter of a former Israeli police commissioner Assaf Hefetz.

She says her husband grabbed his police hat and gun and ran outside to help his colleagues. Later he encountered the other attacker who was dressed in the same kind of suit and realized who was in his apartment.

The woman says her husband feared "he would come back to find us all dead." She says her husband later arrested the gunman at their home.

There was no immediate comment from police.


8:10 p.m.

Israel's prime minister has visited the scene of Wednesday's deadly shooting at a Tel Aviv restaurant and vowed to prevail in his country's struggle against Palestinian militants.

Benjamin Netanyahu says: "This nation is strong. They will not defeat us. We will win."

Netanyahu also called on Palestinian leaders to condemn the attack. He spoke Thursday after holding a special meeting of his Security Cabinet. After addressing reporters, Netanyahu remained in the Max Brenner restaurant and chatted with diners.


6:45 p.m.

Israeli police have been raiding workshops in the West Bank, which they suspect are manufacturing a crude gun that has been used by Palestinians in several deadly attacks in recent months.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday that the weapon made in these workshops is known by its street name "Carlo." It was used by Palestinian gunmen to kill four people and wound five others in the Tel Aviv attack on Wednesday.

An Israeli intelligence official says it's now the weapon of choice among Palestinian attackers.

He says it's based on the Swedish "Carl Gustav" submachine gun, it's cheap and easy to make out of spare gun parts and pipes.

The official says hundreds are believed to be in circulation. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't allowed to talk to reporters.

—Ian Deitch in Jerusalem.


5:45 p.m.

The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group has praised the deadly attack in Tel Aviv as a "heroic" act.

The Shiite militant group says in a statement issued on Thursday that the Palestinian people have reconfirmed through the operation their commitment to "resistance" as a way to liberate all Palestinian land from Israeli occupation.

Two Palestinian gunmen killed four Israelis in the shooting at a popular Tel Aviv tourist spot Wednesday night.

Hezbollah has fought several wars with Israel including a month-long war in 2006.


4:20 p.m.

Israeli police say thousands of officers will fan out across Jerusalem's Old City on Friday to keep the peace during Muslim prayers.

Thousands of Palestinians are expected to show up at Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for the prayers on the first Friday in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The site has been a flashpoint of violence in the past, and tensions are especially high after a pair of Palestinian gunmen killed four Israelis in a shooting at a popular Tel Aviv tourist spot on Wednesday.


3:38 p.m.

The Palestinian president has issued a statement condemning violence against civilians, a day after a deadly attack in Tel Aviv.

In a statement, President Mahmoud Abbas' office said "it stands against attacks on civilians, regardless of its sources and justifications."

Thursday's statement did not explicitly mention the Tel Aviv shootings, though its timing made it clear that the attack was the reason behind it.


1:30 p.m.

Friends and colleagues of one of the victims of the Tel Aviv shooting are remembering him as a "man of reason, tolerance and peace."

Michael Feige was a professor of sociology and anthropology of Israeli society at Ben-Gurion University. He had published books in English and Hebrew and won the Association for Israel Studies' award for best book in 2010.

In a statement Thursday, colleagues at the university's Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism said they were "stunned by the incomprehensible loss of Feige."

"Michael was a friend, scholar and teacher," it said. "Above all, Michael was the incarnation of a man of reason, tolerance and peace."


12:40 p.m.

The Israeli military says it will deploy two additional battalions in the West Bank in response to Wednesday's deadly shooting in Tel Aviv.

In a statement, the military said Thursday the reinforcements were made "in accordance with situation assessments."

The military says forces would include infantry and elite reconnaissance units. The military says the deployment included "hundreds" of troops, but gave no further details.

Israel says two men from the West Bank carried out Thursday's shooting, which killed four people at a popular tourist spot in Tel Aviv.


10:00 a.m.

The Israeli military says it has revoked most permits for Palestinians to visit Israel and travel abroad during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, after two Palestinian gunmen killed four Israelis and wounded at least five others in Tel Aviv.

COGAT, an Israeli defense body, said Thursday that 83,000 permits have been frozen for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza to visit family in Israel, attend Ramadan prayers in Jerusalem or travel abroad via Israel's Tel Aviv airport.

In addition, the military says it has frozen Israeli work permits for 204 of the attackers' relatives, and is preventing Palestinians from leaving and entering the West Bank village of Yatta, home to the attackers.

COGAT says entering or leaving will only be permitted for humanitarian and medical cases.


This story has been corrected in response to a correction issued by the Israeli military clarifying that it was revoking most, not all, Ramadan permits.