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"The hall was anxious": hysteria in Tel Aviv over report of shooting, Beit Lisin closed doors - voila! culture

2023-09-18T20:45:14.380Z

Highlights: This evening, the police and MDA received reports of hearing gunfire near the Beit Lisin Theater. Police arrived at the scene and found no evidence of the shooting, but a woman was injured while fleeing the scene. Despite the attack, it was decided to continue the show as usual and not stop it. The building was secured during the performance, and afterwards the audience was urged to stay inside the auditorium, and even to stay away from the windows. At the end of the play, actor Oz Zahavi took the stage and informed the audience of what was happening.


This evening, the police and MDA received reports of hearing gunfire in Dizengoff in Tel Aviv, near the Beit Lisin Theater. Police found no evidence of this. Actors and audiences were delayed as they exited a play


This evening, the police and MDA received reports of hearing gunfire near the Beit Lisin Theater. Police arrived at the scene and found no evidence of the shooting, but a woman was injured while fleeing the scene. Yona The reports were received after the theater ended with the play "Triage", directed by Ilan Ronen, with the participation of Yona Elian, Efrat Boymold and Kobi Faraj. Following the suspected attack, at the end of the play the actors and the audience, some of whom were frightened, were asked to stay in the theater, and so it was for about fifteen minutes. A source at Beit Lisin and Elian say it appears to have been a gas pipeline explosion near the theater.

MDA Director General Eli Bin said, "Apparently, there was no shooting in Tel Aviv. There was an initial report of hearing gunfire at Dizengoff 122 in Tel Aviv. No injuries were reported. They saw people running away. According to police at the scene, there are reports of someone who was hit in the head who was running out of panic."
Eliane told Walla! Culture: "At the end of the play, when we wanted to leave, they closed the door and told us we shouldn't go out. The hall was tense and anxious. The audience stayed in the foyer and we backstage for about fifteen minutes. They took it seriously and that's a good thing. In the end it was probably just a gas explosion, there was no drama. The drama in the play was bigger."

Yona Elian and Kobi Faraj in the play "Triage" at Beit Lisin / Beit Lisin

Eliane told Walla! Culture: "At the end of the play, when we wanted to leave, they closed the door and told us we shouldn't go out. The hall was tense and anxious. The audience stayed in the foyer and we backstage for about fifteen minutes. They took it seriously and that's a good thing. In the end it was probably just a gas explosion, there was no drama. The drama in the play was bigger."

A week ago, another incident took place in Dizengoff that caused panic and led to reports of shootings, which turned out to be a police chase after a suspect in the theft of a motorcycle. Eighteen months ago, a shooting attack took place on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv a few minutes after the play "Crossing the Wall" began at the Beit Lisin Theater, near the arena. Hundreds of people were inside the theater. Despite the attack, it was decided to continue the show as usual and not stop it. The building was secured during the performance, and afterwards the audience was urged to stay inside the auditorium, and even to stay away from the windows. At the end of the play, actor Oz Zahavi took the stage and informed the audience of what was happening. "As some of you know, an hour ago there was an attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. The police ask us to stay within the confines of the theater. All exits and entrances to the theater are secure." After that, the actors sat on stage and swam with the audience, and a little more than half an hour later permission was received to take the audience outside.

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Source: walla

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