Israeli emergency personnel wheel away a body from the
scene of an explosion near Tel Aviv in this February 2013
file photo. In February 2014 alone, there have been three
car bombings in Israeli cities. REUTER/Nir Elias/Files
Two gunmen on a motorcycle killed a man as he drove near
Tel Aviv's bustling beachfront, in what Israeli police
suspected was the latest in a wave of gangland murders and
The drive-by shooting took place in broad daylight, as
families and tourists walked nearby on the afternoon of the
This month alone, there have been three car bombings, two of
them deadly, aimed at underworld figures, bringing back to
the streets of Israeli cities the sounds of explosions that
were once almost solely the hallmarks of Palestinian attacks
during a 2000-2005 uprising.
Israel's Internal Defence Minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch,
described the outburst of violence as "terrorism plain and
simple" during a parliamentary address on Wednesday, stepping
up pressure on police to catch the culprits.
Police said the man killed on Saturday (local time) was known
to police, without going into further details.
"The murder is suspected to be part of a criminal turf war
... The shooters fled the scene in a getaway vehicle," the
force said on Twitter.
"We heard the shooting when we were on our way here and
couldn't believe it was happening so close to us," an Israeli
woman called Dana told the Ynet news website.
A number of recent car bombs went off in residential
neighbourhoods, one of them exploding at night near a
kindergarten. In November a device was detonated in the
vehicle of an Israeli prosecutor who dealt with high-level
Briefing parliament this week, police said explosives were
widely available and relatively cheap.
Police chief Yohanan Danino said most of the explosives used
by criminals came from army stockpiles.
"This has been going on for years but the phenomenon is
growing," he told reporters this week, adding that police
were working with the military to prevent explosives reaching