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Two Israelis arrested on suspicion of planning ‘revenge’ stabbing attack

Afula residents approached an Arab man from a nearby village who fled and called police

An illustrative photo of a person holding a knife. (Knife image via Shutterstock)
An illustrative photo of a person holding a knife. (Knife image via Shutterstock)

Two Israeli men were arrested on suspicion of intending to attack an Arab man with a knife in northern Israel, police said Tuesday night.

The two residents of Afula, a 27-year-old and a 38-year-old, allegedly approached an Arab man driving a tractor in field, knife in hand, in what police suspect may have been a “revenge attack,” Ynet reported.

The man, who saw them coming, fled and called police. The two were apprehended while in possession of the knife, according to police.

They were taken in for questioning.

The incident came hours after an Israeli Jewish man in Kiryat Ata stabbed another man whom he mistook for an Arab in what police say was a failed “revenge attack.”

The victim, also an Israeli Jew, sustained light wounds in the attack.

According to Army Radio, the attacker approached an Arab man near Kiryat Ata’s Ikea furniture store and asked him if he was Arab. The Arab man was reportedly frightened by the question, and said he was not.

Minutes later, the attacker identified another passerby, concluded he was Arab from his appearance, and proceeded to stab him in his upper torso.

The incidents came on a particularly deadly day across Israel in which four separate terror attacks — two in Jerusalem, two in the central city of Ra’anana — left three Israelis dead and over 30 injured, some of them gravely.

Two of the attackers were killed on the scene while another three were wounded and apprehended. All were from East Jerusalem neighborhoods.

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