A hotel worker was killed on Friday morning after a US national,who worked in the same hotel and was fired, opened fire inside the lobby of Leonardo Club Hotel in the Israeli southern resort city of Eilat. According to the reports he managed to grab the firearm from one of the hotel's security guards.
Large police forces and emergency services were called to the scene.
The Police Counterterrorism Unit was given command of the situation and once it was made clear that the shooter had barricaded himself in the hotel, special forces stormed the premises. The shooter was killed during the operation.
Initial reports suggesting he had taken hostages were quickly proven false.
The gunman is believed to be in his 20s. According to available information he arrived in Israel as part of an Israeli-American exchange project.
Available details suggest that the shooter had an altercation with another hotel employee. A hotel security guard tried to intervene, at which point the man grabbed his weapon and opened fire.
Hotel guests were instructed to stay inside their rooms while the event was in progress, for their own safety.
Alon Raz, a guest at the hotel, told Ynet Radio that "As far as we know, the shooter was a man who was fired from the hotel.
"Hotel staff told us that he walked into the dining room and started shooting... Everyone began screaming and running outside and up to the room," he recounted.
The police are questioning witnesses.
Eilat Police Spokesman Chief Inspector Lior Ben-Simon told Ynet that, "Eilat's security forces are on high alert because of the holiday. The response time to the incident was quick."