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Palestinian arrested over suspected Bnei Brak terror attack, says Shin Bet

Yitzhak Dahan, 47, says assailant passed him on pedestrian bridge outside city, assaulted him from behind with metal object

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Yitzhak Dahan, 47, who was seriously hurt in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Gviat Shmuel, speaks to Channel 12 news on July 6, 2022, a day after the attack. (Screenshot: Channel 12 news)
Yitzhak Dahan, 47, who was seriously hurt in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Gviat Shmuel, speaks to Channel 12 news on July 6, 2022, a day after the attack. (Screenshot: Channel 12 news)

The Shin Bet security agency said on Wednesday that a Palestinian man who allegedly attacked and seriously hurt a Bnei Brak resident a day earlier had been arrested.

Early Tuesday morning, Yitzhak Dahan, 47, was wounded in a suspected terror attack on a pedestrian bridge between the ultra-Orthodox city and neighboring Givat Shmuel. His condition has since improved.

The Shin Bet did not say where or when the suspect was arrested and further details relating to the attack were barred from publication due to a court-imposed gag order.

Dahan told Channel 12 news on Wednesday that he passed the alleged assailant at the entrance to the bridge as he saw him reaching into a bag. “And after a few seconds, he came up behind me and inflicted blows on my head with something, probably metal,” Dahan said.

Citing unsourced assessments, Channel 12 said the weapon could have been a hammer or an axe.

Dahan was taken by medics to the Tel Hashomer hospital in Ramat Gan, which said he was suffering from a wound to his head.

A ramp leading to a bridge where a man was stabbed in a suspected terror attack between Bnei Brak and Givat Shmuel, July 5, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

The suspected terror attack came following a string of deadly incidents between mid-March and the beginning of May that left 19 people dead.

The most deadly attack — in which five people were killed — occurred in Bnei Brak.

In a separate incident, a Palestinian man who allegedly opened fire at Israeli troops guarding a checkpoint near an illegal outpost in the northern West Bank on Tuesday, turned himself in, the Israel Defense Forces said.

No soldiers were hurt in the drive-by attack near Homesh. The military said the wanted man turned himself in on Wednesday.

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