On the evening of 5 May 2022, two assailants staged an attack in the city of Elad, located approximately 20 km (12 mi) east of Tel Aviv, killing at least three people and injuring four more. Reports indicate the assailants – at least one of whom was wielding an axe – carried out the attacks in two locations, one of which was a local park. Residents of Elad were ordered to remain in their homes. Authorities continue to search for both attackers.
The attack came at the end of Israeli Independence Day, and Israeli authorities had previously closed the borders of the nearby West Bank for the holiday. In response to the occurrence, the Israeli defense minister ordered the borders to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to remain closed until 8 May.