Jerusalem: Israel yesterday suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians granted during Ramadan following a major terror attack at an upscale market in Tel Aviv, that killed four Israelis and injured 16 others.

Post the attacks, the Israel Defence Forces have surrounded the town of Yatta, the hometown of the assailants, and  declared the area a closed military zone. PICS/AFP
Post the attacks, the Israel Defence Forces have surrounded the town of Yatta, the hometown of the assailants, and  declared the area a closed military zone. PICS/AFP

The decision to suspend the entry permits, most of them for Palestinians to visit their family in Israel, was taken overnight during a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt Gen Gadi Eisenkot soon after the attack.

Israeli security forces inspect a restaurant following the attack
Israeli security forces inspect a restaurant following the attack

Permits for Gaza residents to pray at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, described by Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) that houses the al-Aqsa mosque, have also been suspended.

The attack
Wednesday’s attacks took place in two locations in Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv, close to Israel’s defence ministry and main army headquarters.

One of the two Palestinian shooters died in the offensive launched by security forces while the second one is being treated in a Tel Aviv hospital in critical condition.

According to Palestinian reports, the IDF surrounded the town of Yatta, the hometown of the assailants, and has declared the area a closed military zone. The military is expected to carry out arrests and interrogate the perpetrators’ families.