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In pictures: Tel Aviv blast

A man reacts over the body of a victim of the Tel Aviv blast

A Palestinian suicide bomber has struck a falafel restaurant in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

Scene of the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv

The attack took place on busy street near a bus station in the Neve Shaanan area, during the Jewish festival of Passover.

Israeli emergency workers cover the body with a victim

A number of people were killed, and dozens were injured in the first such attack since the militant group Hamas took over the Palestinian Authority.

Scene of a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv

Witnesses say a young man carrying a blue bag approached the restaurant and set off his bomb when a security guard asked to check his bag.

Emergency workers evacuate an injured person from the scene of the bombing

The blast devastated the restaurant, scattering personal belongings across the pavement.

Zaka volunteers at the scene of the Tel Aviv bombing

Volunteers from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Zaka rescue service, in yellow vests, were at the scene to collect blood and body parts for burial.

A couple comfort each other at the scene of the bombing in Tel Aviv

Israel said it held the Palestinian Authority responsible, however the Palestinian militant group, Islamic Jihad, said it carried out the bombing.

Emergency workers at the scene of the bombing

The group identified the bomber as Sami Salim, 21, from the West Bank.

Wounded people lie on stretchers in Tel Aviv

Hamas, which has been observing a ceasefire with Israel, said the attack was a legitimate response to Israeli "aggression".

Emergency workers at the scene of the suicide bombing

However, the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the violence and described it as a terrorist act.




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