Three people have died in a terror attack in the central Israeli city of Elad this evening.
Two attackers armed with knives and reportedly an axe arrived at several locations at the city's amphitheatre park, police spokesperson Eli Levy told Haaretz.
Two people have also been seriously injured in the attack, which took place on Yom Ha’azmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.
Police suspect that one of the attackers fled the scene and have launched a manhunt, with roads reportedly being closed off in the area and residents ordered to stay indoors.
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A spokesperson for Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's emergency medical service, said: "A report was received by MDA at 20.36 of a terror attack in the Yarkon region in Elad.
"MDA EMTs and Paramedics are treating seven victims. Three pronounced dead on scene. Two in serious condition. One in moderate condition and one in mild condition."
Tensions have been very high in Israel over the last month, with Israelis and Palestinians repeatedly clashing at Temple Mount.
Tonight's attack is the seventh in the last six weeks, with the latest wave leaving 19 soldiers and civilians dead.
According to MDA paramedic Alon Rizkan, three men in their 40s died in the attack, and males aged around 60 and 35 were seriously injured and have been rushed to Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer and Beilinson Hospital, sedated and intubated.
Another man in his 40s is in moderate condition and has been taken to hospital, while a 23 year old man was lightly wounded having fought with the attackers.
The UK ambassador to Israel condemned the attack in a tweet a short while ago: "I am horrified that innocent people were attacked in Elad today, while Israel celebrates its Independence Day."
"My deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The UK stands with Israel against terrorism."