The Tunisian International Ministry stated the civilians killed have been a 42-year-old French nationwide and a 30-year-old Tunisian.
Israeli authorities and the household recognized them as cousins: Aviel Haddad, who held twin Tunisian and Israeli citizenship, and Ben Haddad, who was French.
4 civilians have been additionally injured, the Tunisian Inside Ministry stated. The attacker was slain by safety guards.
In an announcement, the French overseas ministry expressed its “deep disappointment” on the assault.
France paid tribute to the “speedy intervention of the Tunisian safety forces and stands by Tunisia to proceed the battle in opposition to antisemitism and all types of fanaticism,” the assertion stated.
Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Amichai Chikli thought of “the horrible assault in Djerba gravely” and famous that “sadly the incident was preceded by a tense interval of shouts and harassment of the Jewish group on the website,” in accordance with his workplace.
The European Jewish Congress expressed its “shock and outrage”.
“Terror assaults proceed to focus on Jews all over the world even when they’re gathered in prayer, as we all know from numerous experiences through the years together with at this very synagogue,” EJC President Ariel Muzicant stated in an announcement.
The motive for the assault was underneath investigation.
Djerba, a picturesque island off the southern coast of Tunisia, is dwelling to the North African nation’s fundamental Jewish group. An annual pilgrimage on the 2,500-year-old Ghriba temple, certainly one of Africa’s oldest synagogues. attracts 1000’s of holiday makers from all over the world.
The assailant, a guard affiliated with the Nationwide Guard naval middle within the port city of Aghir on Djerba, first killed a colleague together with his service weapon earlier than seizing ammunition and heading towards the Ghriba synagogue, the Tunisian Inside ministry stated.
When he reached the location, he opened hearth on safety models stationed on the temple, who fired again, killing him earlier than he reached the doorway, the ministry stated. The synagogue was locked down and people inside and out of doors have been saved safe whereas authorities investigated the motives for the assault, the ministry stated.
Aviel Haddad’s sister, Rona, advised Israel’s Kan public radio that the complete household had immigrated to Israel from Tunisia, and that her brother, a jeweler, traveled to Djerba continuously.
She stated she and her household tried unsuccessfully for hours after the assault to contact him and later realized the information via household buddies.
Rona Haddad stated the household supposed to bury Aviel Haddad in Israel.
In 2002, a truck bombing killed some 20 folks on the entrance to the identical temple throughout the annual Jewish pilgrimage. Al-Qaida claimed that assault, whose victims included German and French vacationers in addition to Tunisians.
In 2015, an assault in Tunisia on the Mediterranean resort of Sousse killed 38, principally British vacationers. The Islamic State group claimed the assault, together with assaults that yr on the famed Bardo Museum within the capital Tunis and on a bus carrying presidential guards.
Sylvie Corbet in Paris and Ilan Ben Zion in Jerusalem contributed to the story