The attack was a third stabbing assault this week, but it was also the most fatal terror attack in Israel.
The perpetrator, identified as a 34-year-old man named Mohammad Ghaleb Abu Al-Qi'an, drove his vehicle into a bicycle and then jumped out of his vehicle, stabbing a number of customers in an open-air mall in the city Beersheba. The man was killed by the driver of a bus who was on the scene.
Two women who sustained injuries are seriously injured. Three more passed away just minutes after arriving at the hospital; one woman, aged in her fifties, died on the spot.
Al-Qi'an was a terror prisoner of his home town of Hura. who was known to be a supporter of an organization known as the Islamic State terror group.
An eyewitness said in Haaretz: “I came closer and saw a man with a knife scanning the area looking to stab, he ran between cars and people.”
Hamas representative Abdel-Latif al-Qanou praised the “executor of the heroic act in Be'er Sheva. Our battle against the occupation continues and we will not stop.”
“The occupation's crimes shall be met with heroic operations: stabbings, rammings and shootings,” al-Qanou declared.
Tensions have been rising in Israel, as well as the Palestinian territories, in the lead-up to this sacred month Muslim Ramadan, which is scheduled to begin in the coming month.
Another incident occurred on Sunday. A twenty-year-old Israeli security officer injured during a stabbing assault within the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in Jerusalem.
A few days earlier, one Israeli man was injured by a stabbing attack outside Jerusalem on Saturday, perpetrated by the hands of a Palestinian terrorist.