Scene of Tel Aviv shooting attack
Scene of Tel Aviv shooting attackTomer Neuberg/Flash 90

The Hamas terrorist group on Friday welcomed the shooting attack on a pub in Tel Aviv in which two people were murdered, though it did not claim responsibility for the act.

"The shooting attack in Tel Aviv at the start of the new year is a clear sign that the entire Zionist entity will be exposed to acts of resistance," said a Hamas spokesman in Gaza.

"Our enemies will not enjoy security as long as our people do not enjoy it," he declared.

Alon Bakal, 26, and Shimon Ruimi, were murdered and seven others wounded in Friday’s attack on the Simta Pub, located on Dizengoff Street in the heart of Tel Aviv.

The suspect in the shooting, a 29-year-old Israeli Arab from the Wadi Ara area, was filmed shortly before the attack while shopping at a nearby grocery store. He then left the store and opened fire on the pub, where a birthday party was taking place.

He then fled the scene and discarded of the weapon in a nearby garbage can. The gun is believed to have been stolen from his father, who works in security.

The father recognized his son from the footage shown on TV and after learning his weapon was gone, contacted the authorities. Security forces continue searching for the terrorist.

Of the seven who were wounded, two remain in serious condition and the rest are in light condition. The wounded were evacuated to the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and the Wolfson Hospital in Holon.

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