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At least two people were killed and eight seriously injured in a shooting in downtown Tel Aviv that Israeli police described as a terrorist attack.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear, but it came amid heightened tensions after a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians.

Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service said it received reports of a shooting at “several scenes” around downtown Tel Aviv. He said he evacuated six people to a nearby hospital, three of whom were in serious or critical condition.

Eli Levy, a police spokesman, urged people to avoid the area.

“A terrorist opened fire at close range and then fled on foot. Several people are injured,” Levy told Israel’s Channel 13 news.

“Do not leave your homes. Don’t stick your head out the window. Stay off your balconies,” he said.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was monitoring the situation from Israeli army headquarters, which is also in downtown Tel Aviv, his office said.

Tensions have been high after a series of attacks by Palestinian assailants killed 11 people just before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which began nearly a week ago.

Last year, protests and clashes during Ramadan sparked an 11-day war in Gaza.

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