Tel Aviv cafe evacuated after diners mistake cockroach for terror attack

A patron who spotted the insect screamed, leading fraught diners to rush from the premises


Scenes of chaos erupted at a cafe in Tel Aviv over the weekend after a customer who had seen a cockroach screamed, causing others to flee in fear of a suspected terror attack. 

The customer's screams caused widespread panic on Saturday evening resulting in others fleeing the cafe along with customers in another restaurant.

Police units and ambulances rushed to the scene at the Dizengoff Cafe in search of a suspect only to find overturned tables and two people injured by broken glass.

According to The Walla news site, the woman flipped the table she was sitting at, which caused others to panic.

One eyewitness said: “It was the scariest thing that ever happened to me."

The witness told Israel's Channel 12 News: “People overturned tables and everyone around started screaming and running and trampling each other. "

They added: "A lot of glasses shattered on the way, and people fell on the glass and got cut.

“I don’t blame the girl who screamed because of a cockroach. In a normal country, it passes with humour.” 

The witness, who is eight months pregnant, had to go to the doctor to check that neither she nor her baby had been harmed, according to the broadcaster.

Another eyewitness said: “People were frightened by the screams and started running in all directions, turning tables.

“I saw a man with blood on his face, he was in shock. Two young girls were sitting in the cafe with blood on their feet. Terrible."

Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Street has been the site of multiple terror attacks in recent years.

In March, one person was killed, and two others injured when a terrorist opened fire outside a cafe on the corner of Dizengoff and Ben Gurion streets. 

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