The scene of the attack in Tel Aviv
The scene of the attack in Tel Avivצילום: Itai Ron/Flash90

An Israeli Arab terrorist rammed into pedestrians on Friday night, killing one and injuring seven others on the promenade near Charles Clore Park on the beach in Tel Aviv.

The murdered victim was identified as Alessandro Parini, a tourist from Rome, Italy.

The terrorist was identified as Yusuf Abu Jabar, a resident of Kfar Kasem northeast of Tel Aviv. He had a criminal record but no prior security record. The terrorist was neutralized by a police officer who was near the scene.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has announced a call-up of Border Police reserves battalions.

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MDA senior EMT Yosef Curdi, the first to arrive at the scene, reported: "Upon arrival, I saw a vehicle turned over, next to it was a 17-year-old girl hit by the car, suffering from blunt injuries to her head abdomen, and limbs. After initial medical treatment, an MDA MICU conveyed her to the Ichilov medical center in moderate condition. About 200 meters north at the promenade, lay an unconscious man suffering from various injuries, he was without a pulse and not breathing, and after a medical check-up, we pronounced him dead. Additional MDA teams arrived at the scene and provided medical treatment to an additional four injured people also hit by the car, who were in moderate to mild condition".

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MDA EMT Yarin Mualem added: "We had scanned the promenade and Dolphinarium parking lot when police officers stopped us and brought to me a 50-year-old male, fully conscious, suffering from injuries to his head and limbs due to the car impact. I provided him with initial medical treatment and conveyed him to the Wolfson Hospital in mild condition. Another man who was with him suffered from stress symptoms".

MDA senior EMT Chai Takatsh said: "MDA 101 call center received a report of two people injured from a car during the terror attack who had run away from the scene to a nearby hotel lobby. They sat in the lobby, agitated, suffering from injuries to their limbs. We provided initial medical treatment and conveyed them to the hospital in mild and stable condition for further check-ups and treatment ".

The US State Department published the following response to the attack: "The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Tel Aviv. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones and wish a full recovery to the injured. The three horrific attacks today (Friday), in which three were killed and at least eight others wounded, affected citizens of Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The targeting of innocent civilians of any nationality is unconscionable. The United States stands with the government and people of Israel. We are in close contact with our Israeli partners and reaffirm our enduring commitment to their security".

Upon completing an operational situation assessment this evening (Saturday), Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant instructed the defense establishment to allocate resources and IDF troops to enforce the activities of the Israel Police. The forces will be determined by the professional echelon.

In addition, Minister Gallant decided to further expand the closure on Judea and Samaria and to close the crossings along the Gaza border until after the second holiday of Passover (overnight between Wednesday and Friday).

The closure also includes canceling eased civilian measures for Arabs that were approved before Ramadan and the entrance of Arab workers to Israel.