Teenager stabs man in Bnei Brak in suspected terror attack

14-year-old Palestinian from Jenin area arrested after victim lightly injured in knifing, allegedly in response to IDF operation

Illustrative: Police in the town of Tel Mond, July 10, 2018. (Flash90/File)
Illustrative: Police in the town of Tel Mond, July 10, 2018. (Flash90/File)

A 14-year-old Palestinian from a village in the Jenin area of the West Bank was detained for allegedly stabbing and lightly wounding an Israeli man in the central city of Bnei Brak, police said Monday.

A terror motive was being investigated, police added. Police chief Kobi Shabtai referred to the attacker as a “terrorist.”

The injured man was taken to the Mayanei HaYeshua Medical Center in Bnei Brak for treatment.

The suspect fled the scene after the attack, but was caught by a police officer on a motorcycle. Police also detained his father and brother for questioning.

The attacker said after he was captured that he carried out the stabbing in response to the Israel Defense Forces operation in Jenin, Ynet reported.

The Jenin operation came after a series of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis killed 24 people since the start of this year. Many of the attackers came from Jenin and its environs.

The northern West Bank, and especially the Jenin area, has long been considered a hotbed of terrorism by the IDF.

According to the IDF, some 50 shooting attacks were carried out by residents of the area since last year, and 19 wanted Palestinians escaped to Jenin to seek refuge there from Israeli forces.

Over 1,000 Israel Defense Forces troops were involved in the campaign, which appeared to be the largest in the West Bank in some 20 years.

Palestinian health officials said eight people were killed and 80 were wounded, including 17 listed in serious condition, during the strikes and in clashes with Israeli forces.

Several of the slain Palestinians were identified by media reports as members of armed groups in the city.

The Hamas terror group on Monday called for Palestinians to join the fight against Israel and “strike the enemy,” and Palestinian Islamic Jihad vowed to respond.

The IDF canceled a concert in the southern city of Sderot in light of the threats.

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