Ambassadors from the United States and European Union condemned the latest terror attack in Israel, which claimed five lives in Bnei Brak.

“Just now hearing reports of another attack in Israel, this time taking the lives of innocent people in Bnei Brak. My heart goes out to the families of the victims. No one should have to endure such heartbreak,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides wrote on Twitter.

A 27-year-old from the West Bank village of Ya’bad opened fire with an automatic rifle at two locations in Bnei Brak on Tuesday evening, killing five before being shot dead by security forces.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett planned to hold a security consultation at 10 p.m. with the participation of senior defense and intelligence officers, according to his office.

Dimiter Tzantchev, the European Union’s Ambassador to Israel, called the attack “despicable.”

“My thoughts are with the families of the victims & injured. [The E.U.] unequivocally condemns such senseless violence! We stand shoulder to shoulder with [Israel] in these difficult times. Violent extremism will be defeated,’ he wrote. 

 

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