ISIS attack kills two and injures six in Israel as Arab and Israeli officials hold historic summit

Police and forensics officers at the scene of the shooting in Hadera, Israel on Sunday, March 27

(CNN)ISIS operatives killed two people and injured six in a shooting attack Sunday in the Israeli city of Hadera, some 31 miles north of Tel Aviv, Israeli officials said.

The attack — the second of its kind in a week — coincided with a landmark regional summit in Israel's Negev desert, where top diplomats from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Israel and the United States are meeting to discuss security issues.
"We condemn today's terrorist attack in Hadera, Israel," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted on Sunday from Israel. "Such senseless acts of violence and murder have no place in society. We stand with our Israeli partners and send our condolences to the families of the victims."
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which quoted a post from the ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency. Amaq posted a screengrab from a video that circulated on social media showing two masked men pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS prior to the attack.
      Amaq called the attack a "twin immersive commando attack by Islamic State Fighters," according to SITE. The last time ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel was in June 2017.
      The two assailants, who were shot and killed by Israeli police, were from the Arab-majority Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm in the northern district of Haifa. An Israeli police spokesperson said the operatives fired at local police in Hadera, killing two passers-by. Police said the victims were members of the border police force.
      "A short while ago, two terrorists arrived on Herbert Samuel Street in Hadera and began firing at a local police force. As a result of the shooting, the deaths of 2 passers-by were determined," the spokesperson said.
        "An undercover force that was at the scene sought contact and after a brief gun battle neutralized the terrorists," the spokesperson added.
        The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera said six people were injured in the attack, two of whom are in serious condition.
        On Tuesday, an Arab-Israeli assailant killed four people in a stabbing attack in Israel's southern city of Beersheba before he was fatally shot by a passer-by, according to Israeli police. The assailant had previously been arrested for supporting ISIS, according to the Israeli judiciary.
        Separately, tensions have been rising between Palestinians and Israelis in Jerusalem and the West Bank, especially as the coinciding holidays of Ramadan, Passover and Easter approach. Last year, clashes and tensions in Jerusalem during this time period helped trigger the latest conflict with Hamas-led militants in Gaza.
        In Jerusalem, there have been at least three stabbing attacks since the start of the month against Israelis, while in the West Bank, at least nine Palestinians, including several teenagers, have been shot and killed in clashes with Israeli forces in recent weeks.

        A new Arab-Israeli 'architecture'

        From Left: Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, pose for a group photo following their meeting on Monday.
        At the conclusion of the two-day summit in the Negev desert Monday, the foreign ministers of the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt issued a rare condemnation of the attack. The UAE, Bahrain and Morocco normalized ties with Israel less than two years ago under the US-brokered Abraham Accords. Egypt was the first Arab state to make peace with the Jewish state in 1979.
        During the joint presser of the six top diplomats, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid touted a "new architecture" formed by Iran's regional foes.
        "This new architecture -- the shared capabilities we are building -- intimidates and deters our common enemies, first and foremost Iran and its proxies," said Lapid.