A teenage boy was left in a moderate condition after he was stabbed several times in what appeared to be a fight over the attentions of a girl.

The boy, 15, was accosted by another teenagers, whom he apparently didn’t know, outside his high school in Ashdod on Tuesday.

The two assailants stabbed the boy three times in the chest and then fled the scene as their victim lay bleeding on the ground, surrounded by his shocked peers.

Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the scene and administered first aid to the boy before evacuating him to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot for further treatment.

Police arrested the suspect, 13, after a search that lasted several hours.

Initial investigations pointed toward a romantic spat that began on social media websites.