Israel has suspended more than 80,000 Palestinian entry permits after two gunmen opened fire in a busy shopping centre in Tel Aviv.

Two Palestinian men from the occupied West Bank opened fire on shoppers and diners at the Sarona Market in central Tel Aviv at around 21:30 (18:30 GMT) on Wednesday, killing four people and injuring sixteen.

Police say the gunmen, who are both in custody, were cousins from Yatta, a Palestinian village near Hebron.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Hamas described it as “heroic”.

In response to the attack, Israel suspended the entry permits of 83,000 Palestinians, including 204 relatives of the attackers.

The Israeli military has also set up a perimeter around Yatta, with access to the village only granted for humanitarian and medical cases.

Additional armed police units have also been deployed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in an attempt to reassure the public.

The shooting is the latest in a series of violent attacks by Palestinians on Israelis in recent months, which have included shootings, stabbings, and car rammings.



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