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Israeli man hurt in stabbing attack in Ra’anana

Victim, 32, lightly injured in knifing on busy street in central Israel town; assailant in serious condition

Police at the scene of a stabbing attack in Ra'anana on October 13, 2015 (screen capture: Israel Police)
Police at the scene of a stabbing attack in Ra'anana on October 13, 2015 (screen capture: Israel Police)

One person was injured in a stabbing attack in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana Tuesday morning, the latest terror attack to strike deep in Israel as the country wrestles with an ongoing wave of violence.

The attack took place on the central Ahuza street in the city north of Tel Aviv.

The victim, a 32-year-old man, suffered light wounds to his upper body in the incident, a spokesperson for the Magen David Adom rescue service said.

The attacker was taken into custody with serious injuries after being beaten by passers-by to stop the attack, police and MDA officials said.

Police confirmed he had not been shot.

According to an initial police investigation, the attacker, a 22-year-old East Jerusalem resident, approached a man at a bus stop and stabbed him. Passers-by pounced on the attacker, subduing him until police arrived.

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Video from the scene showed a man who appeared to be the assailant covered in blood and lying in a bus stop on the busy street which serves as a commercial hub for the Tel Aviv suburb.

The stabbing marked the start of what some are predicting to be a violent day in Israel and the West Bank as Arabs mark a so-called “day of rage” Tuesday against Israel amid an ongoing wave of Palestinian terror attacks and clashes with Israeli forces.

While most attacks have been centered in Jerusalem, a number have struck in central Israeli cities, including on Sunday night, when a resident of Umm al-Fahm ran his car into a group of female soldier near the northern kibbutz of Gan Shmuel before stabbing three more people.

The soldier was seriously injured in the attack.

 

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