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‘Everyone started running’: Dozens shelter in apartment near attack site

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Police and rescue workers at the scene of a deadly terror attack on Dizengoff Street, central Tel Aviv, April 7, 2022 (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)
Police and rescue workers at the scene of a deadly terror attack on Dizengoff Street, central Tel Aviv, April 7, 2022 (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

Psychologist Ari Goldberger, 37, says he was eating dinner at Pankina on the corner of Gordon and Dizengoff Streets in Tel Aviv when he heard gunshots.

“It happened really, really quick,” he tells The Times of Israel. “There were gunshots outside near the corner, and I basically just ran into the restaurant, just for cover. Everyone started running into the restaurant, all at once.”

“I got to the kitchen, with everyone there, grabbed a knife, and just stayed there,” he says.

He made his way to a nearby apartment owned by an Italian couple. There are currently about 40 people, including children, sheltering in the home. An Australian tourist is among the group.

Many of the people in the apartment are praying together as helicopters fly overhead.

“We are just singing tehillim [psalms], saying Mizmor L’David, Avina Malkenu. The hosts are bringing pasta, drinks,” Goldberger says. “The hospitality is amazing. He just invited everyone to his house, next to the restaurant.”

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