Scene of the stabbing-ramming attack in Tel Aviv
Scene of the stabbing-ramming attack in Tel AvivMiriam Alster/Flash 90

Yariv Oppenheimer, a leftist activist who is former head of Peace Now, has claimed that the civilian who neutralized a terrorist on Tuesday committed a crime.

Responding to footage published online which shows the civilian firing towards the terrorist and neutralizing him. A few seconds later, the terrorist can be seen moving, and the civilian can be seen firing two more bullets within the span of a few seconds.

Oppenheimer said, "An awful terror attack. The obligation of those who carry weapons is to neutralize the danger."

"However, the second shot is borderline. The third shot, in a country of law, is a criminal act," criticizing the civilian for not counting his shots during his lifesaving response to a ramming and stabbing terrorist attack on a busy city street.

תיעוד הפיגוע בתל אביב: המחבל דורס, יוצא מחלון הרכב ומתחיל לדקור

Meanwhile, the civilian who neutralized the terrorist recalled the seconds during which he faced the murderer: "I heard a boom behind me, I thought an accident and then he came out of the car and started stabbing people. I thought it was a fight between drivers and then he stabbed someone else," the citizen told Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai.

"I told myself that I wanted to shoot first. The terrorist ran after me, I shot him and then he fell. My legs were shaking. I prayed that the bullet would come out of my gun, because if not I would die."

Shabtai praised the man, saying that he "managed to prevent the continuation of the murder spree."

Eight people were injured in the combined stabbing-ramming attack in Tel Aviv. One of those who is injured is in serious condition, and three are in moderate-to-serious condition. Among these is a 46-year-old woman who is suffering multisystem injuries. Two others were evacuated to a hospital in moderate condition, and another two people were lightly injured, and one of them is suffering from shock.

The defense system has named the terrorist as Hassin Issa Hussein Khalila, a 23-year-old resident of as-Samu near Hebron. Khalila is single and suffers a terminal illness. According to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the terrorist has no previous security record and - in contradiction to previous reports - did not hold a permit to enter Israel.