Six people injured as driver veers into Tel Aviv restaurant
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Six people injured as driver veers into Tel Aviv restaurant

Police say incident on Ben Yehuda street an accident, not a terror attack; 3 people listed in serious condition

First responders at the scene of a car accident in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2016. (Screengrab/MDA)
First responders at the scene of a car accident in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2016. (Screengrab/MDA)

Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when a driver veered into a Tel Aviv restaurant Saturday evening in an incident police have ruled an accident.

Police said an elderly driver swerved onto a sidewalk on Ben Yehuda street in the city, slamming into a number of people.

According to initial reports, the driver lost control of the vehicle possibly due to losing consciousness, causing the accident.

Paramedics were on the scene treating the injured, three in serious condition and three with moderate wounds.

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Police were quick to put out the word that the incident was an accident and not a terror attack as Tel Aviv was still reeling from a deadly shooting rampage less than two weeks ago at the Sarona Market plaza in the city in which four people were killed and a dozen injured.

Israeli security forces at the scene of a deadly shooting attack at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of a deadly shooting attack at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

The attack on June 8 came after weeks of relative calm amid months of violence that have included stabbings, shootings, car-rammings and a suicide bombing and have claimed the lives of 33 Israelis since October 1.

Some 200 Palestinians have also died in that same time period, a majority of them while carrying out attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

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