An Israel Defense Forces soldier stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist at a Tel Aviv train station died of his wounds Monday night after doctors spent hours trying to save his life.
Almog Shiloni, 20, of Modiin, died of multiple wounds to his stomach and chest, an official from the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital said.
“After resuscitation efforts that began in the field and continued for hours in the hospital, the stabbing victim who arrived at the hospital earlier today was declared dead,” a spokesperson announced.
When Shiloni was first brought into the hospital following the attack he had no pulse, although doctors were able to restart his heart.
Shiloni was critically wounded after being stabbed multiple times in a terror attack at Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on Monday afternoon.
His death marked the second fatality in separate terror incidents Monday. After the Tel Aviv attack, a 26-year-old woman, Dalia Lemkus was stabbed to death at a bus stop outside the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, south of Jerusalem.
Shiloni’s family was by his bedside throughout the day as doctors worked to stabilize his condition, Ynet reported.
His girlfriend Noy said she was talking with him on the phone when she heard the device drop, according to the news site.
“I shouted to him for 10 minutes and he didn’t answer me,” she said. “I heard someone in the background shouting that there was a person unconscious and that they are at the Hahagana train station.”
Noy, who was studying nearby, ran to the station and arrived to see Almog lying in a pool of blood as emergency teams tried to resuscitate him.
“It was a terrible sight,” she said. “At that moment, I fainted.”
Shiloni’s twin brother, Sahar, told Ynet how their mother had contacted him after hearing of the Tel Aviv attack and told him to call Almog.
“We tried to contact him,” continued Sahar. “I called my mother at 11.40 a.m. and she burst into tears, and then I understood. We have been here since then, at Tel Hashomer.”
The brothers had celebrated their 20th birthday just a month ago.
Police confirmed the Tel Aviv attack was a politically motivated terrorist attack.
The attacker was in police custody. Initial reports identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus who had illegally entered Israeli territory. Channel 2 named the stabber as Nur al-Din Abu Hashiyeh.
The US condemned the attack, but also demanded clarifications from Israel regarding the shooting to death of an Arab man in the town of Kafr Kanna during a confrontation with police early Saturday.
No group claimed responsibility for the Tel Aviv attack, though a Hamas spokesperson welcomed it and said it was in response to the Kafr Kanna killing.
The death in the Arab town has sparked days of unrest in Arab towns across the country, with protesters burning tires and clashing with police in Jerusalem, Kafr Kanna and other hotspots.