Police have released the names of the four victims killed in Wednesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market.
Forty-two-year-old Ido Ben Ari from Ramat Gan, 39-year-old Ilana Naveh from Tel Aviv, 58-year-old Michael Feige from Ramat Gan and 32-year-old Mila Mishayev from Rishon Lezion were killed when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire inside a restaurant in the shopping complex in central Tel Aviv, according to police.
All four were Israeli citizens, a police statement added.
Sixteen others were injured in the attack. Three of the victims remained in intensive care Thursday morning at nearby Ichilov Hospital, along with one of the attackers who was shot by a security guard, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Ben-Ari was a father of two. He served in the elite Sayeret Matkal unit during his IDF service and was working in a senior position at The Coca-Cola Company’s Israel branch, his sister told the Ynet news site.
In a statement, Coca-Cola said the company “mourns the tragic loss of our friend Ido Ben Ari, a victim of this horrific act. We send our condolences and warmest wishes to the family.”
His wife was among the injured. She was admitted to a hospital Wednesday in serious condition but doctors said she stabilized overnight and were now defining her condition as moderate, according to Army radio.
The couple were eating at the Max Brenner restaurant where the shooting took place.
Ben Ari’s funeral will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in Yavne.
Naveh, a mother of four, was out to celebrate her 40th birthday, according to media reports.
She will be buried in the Petah Tikva cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Thirty-two-year-old Mishayev, the youngest of the four victims, was set to be married in the near future, according to Ynet. She was waiting in the restaurant for her boyfriend when the attack took place. She suffered bullet wounds to her lower body and later died of her injuries. According to Ynet, Mishayev managed to call her boyfriend immediately after the attack.
Feige was a professor of Israeli studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. According to a bio posted by the school, he was a “a sociologist and anthropologist that specializes in Israeli society, collective memory and political myth.”
He was a father of three.
Feige was a “really nice professor,” said Elisheva Goldberg, a graduate of Beersheba’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, who took two courses with Feige.
“He wasn’t one of those stuck-up academics, he was very approachable, very human and personable,” she said. “He always asked people’s opinions, he was never rude, even when someone asked a stupid question, and he always made sure we understood what he was speaking about.”
Funeral details for these two victims were not immediately released.
The two gunmen, who hailed from the Palestinian town of Yatta in the southern West Bank, were caught shortly after the attack.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed “decisive action” to track down those responsible for the third deadly attack in the city this year.
Since October, 33 Israelis and four others have been killed and hundreds more injured in the spate of attacks, though the violence had dramatically waned of late. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest in clashes with troops, Israeli officials say.