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On May 5, 2022, local reports said that at least three people were killed and more were injured in a terrorist attack in the Israeli city of Elad, near Petah Tikva. Reports thus far suggest that the attack was carried out by one attacker with an axe and another with a gun.
Gaza-based jihadi organization Hamas described the operation as heroic, saying it is a response to the crimes committed against the Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque. "The heroic 'Elad' operation represents a severe blow to the occupation [i.e., Israel] and its security system, in response to the crimes of the occupation and its incursions into Al-Aqsa Mosque," said Hamas spokesman Abd Al-Latif Al-Qanou'. His statement went on: "Our people will continue their struggle and defense of Al-Aqsa Mosque using all means and tools, and its strikes will reach the Zionists and the herds of rapists, wherever they go and settle."
Gaza-based jihadi cleric Na'il bin Ghazi published a Telegram post hailing the attack and saying it puts an end to the Israeli "lie," referring to Israel's Independence Day, which was celebrated that day.
"The lie of the so-called Independence Day of their mutant state has ended with great pain... By Allah, there is no place for you on a single speck of dust from our stolen country," he wrote.
Gaza-based jihadi cleric Ahmad Qanitah published a post on Telegram celebrating the attack.
"The occupier wanted this day to be a day of humiliation and oppression for our people and our nation, with their celebrations of the anniversary of occupying Palestine[;] but Allah wanted it to be a day of glory, victory, and prestige for our people and our nation, at the hands of the first servants, with great might," he wrote, concluding his post with a Quranic verse: "And we are waiting for Allah to afflict you with a torment, whether from Himself or at our hands, so we are waiting for you."
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