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Man stabbed, moderately hurt in suspected Jaffa terror attack; Palestinian arrested

67-year-old stabbed in the back 5 times, taken to hospital in moderate condition; suspect also tried to stab victim’s wife; officials say assailant entered Israel illegally

Police at the scene where a 67-year-old man was stabbed in Jaffa, November 21, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Police at the scene where a 67-year-old man was stabbed in Jaffa, November 21, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

A man was stabbed and moderately wounded in the central city of Jaffa on Sunday afternoon in what police said was potentially a terror attack.

Israel Police said an 18-year-old Palestinian from the Jenin area in the West Bank was arrested as a suspect. Officials said he had illegally entered Israel.

Police said indications were increasing that the incident was a terror attack, although they did not rule out other motives.

Security officials had initially believed it was an attempted robbery.

The 67-year-old victim, who was not immediately named, was stabbed in the back at least five times.

He was taken to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon by Magen David Adom medics.

Police at the scene where a 67-year-old man was stabbed in Jaffa, November 21, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

A law enforcement official said the assailant also attempted to stab the victim’s wife before fleeing the scene.

The suspect was arrested near the scene of the stabbing, and was taken by officers for questioning.

Police said officers were continuing to search the area for possible accomplices.

If confirmed, it would be the second terror attack of the day, after a shooting attack in Jerusalem’s Old City killed a man and injured four.

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