Supporters of Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian militant group Hamas held street parties to celebrate the terror attack in downtown Tel Aviv.
Social media platforms were rife with photos and videos of Palestinians cheering and handing out sweets after the attack that killed two Israelis and injured several Israelis.
In Beit Hanoun people held rallies to express their support for the attackwith participants carrying posters of Hamas founder Ahmed Yassin, Salah Shehadeh – a former leader of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades which is Hamas’ armed wing – and Muhammed Deif, a commander of the brigades who was the “most wanted man for the past 26 years.
Welcoming the attack, Mushir al-Masri, a senior Iranian-funded Hamas operative, told Al-Jazeera television that “resistance operations are a natural response to Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people”.
Describing the attack as “a heroic operation”, Hezbollah said in a statement that “the Palestinian resistance has proven its might in confronting the occupation regime” and that the series of “successful operations” indicates the decision of the Palestinians to keep fighting.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC)-affiliated media covered the story highlighting the “martyrdom” of the aggressoridentified as Ra’ad Fathi Hazem, 28, from Jenin refugee camp.
The shooting attack in Dizengoff Street is the latest in a wave that has claimed the lives of 13 people so far.