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Palestinian teen stabs, lightly injures soldier in Tel Aviv

19-year-old sustains injuries to upper body, taken to city’s Ichilov Hospital; police say attack likely nationalistic

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Emergency personnel at the scene of a stabbing in Tel Aviv, which left a soldier lightly wounded, on May 30, 2016 (Courtesy Magen David Adom)
Emergency personnel at the scene of a stabbing in Tel Aviv, which left a soldier lightly wounded, on May 30, 2016 (Courtesy Magen David Adom)

A soldier was lightly wounded Monday evening during a stabbing attack in the center of Tel Aviv.

Security forces arrested a Palestinian teenager near the scene of the attack, after he fled and tried to hide in a residential building. Police said the stabber likely had nationalistic motives and they were therefore treating the incident as terrorism.

The attacker was identified as a 19-year-old resident of the West Bank.

Eyewitnesses said the teen shouted “Allaha akbar” — the Arabic for “God is great” — during the incident, Channel 2 news reported.

The attack was carried out with a screwdriver, police said.

Medical personnel at the scene administered first aid to the 19-year-old soldier for injuries to his upper body before taking him to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital.

The hospital said the soldier was likely to be discharged within several hours.

Magen David Adom paramedics said the victim was fully conscious when they arrived at the scene.

“We saw a 19-year-old sitting, fully conscious and suffering from stab wounds to his upper body,” they said in a statement. “He was calm and communicative with us. We administered first aid to him in the field and took him to the hospital when he was determined to be stable and suffering light injuries.”

The incident occurred on Yigal Allon Street near the Hashalom Interchange.

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Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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