Israel bus attack
The scene of the bus stabbing incident in Tel Aviv.Instagram/Ben Hartman

Hamas has praised the attack on Israelis on a Tel Aviv bus on Wednesday, in which at least nine people were stabbed by a Palestinian, and which is being called a 'terror attack' by Israeli police.  

Izzat al-Risheq, a member of Hamas' political bureau, called the attack a "bold, heroic act", according to Haaretz.

"The attack carried out this morning is a bold, heroic act and a natural response to the crimes of the occupation and terrorism against the Palestinian people," he said. 

A 23-year-old Palestinian man, living illegally in Israel, went on a stabbing spree in a bus in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, first attacking the driver and then stabbing several others. 

Several of those wounded are said to be in a serious condition. 

The spate of such attacks has increased in Israel over the last few months, flaring tensions after the deadly Israel-Hamas war in Gaza last year. 

Earlier this month, a Jewish man was stabbed with a screwdriver in Jerusalem, while last month, a woman stabbed an Israeli soldier with a knife.