Two Israelis wounded in Netanya stabbing attack
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Two Israelis wounded in Netanya stabbing attack

Police say terrorist, a Palestinian man from Tulkarem, shot dead at the scene by an armed civilian

Tamar Pileggi is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli security forces respond to the scene of a stabbing in Netanya on June 30, 2016. (United Hatzalah)
Israeli security forces respond to the scene of a stabbing in Netanya on June 30, 2016. (United Hatzalah)

Two people were stabbed and wounded on Thursday evening in what police said was a terror attack outside a market in the coastal city of Netanya.

The Magen David Adom emergency response service said a man described as being around 40 years old sustained serious injures from multiple stab wounds to the upper body. The other victim, a 62-year-old woman, was lightly injured in the attack.

Both were taken to the city’s Laniado Hospital for treatment.

The assailant, identified by Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld as a Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, was shot dead at the scene by an armed civilian.

Reports named the stabber as 40-year-old Wael Abu Saleh.

Security forces were scouring the area for a possible accomplice after eyewitnesses told police the assailant was dropped off at the market moments before he began stabbing passersby, Channel 2 reported.

Store owner Michael Tobiana told Ynet that a young boy who witnessed the stabbings began to shout “terrorist,” alerting the attention of a security guard at a nearby supermarket.

Abu Saleh was shot by the guard as he began to flee the scene.

“It’s a good thing we were able to stop him, because otherwise he would have gone in to where the stalls are, where lots of people were shopping.”

Earlier in the day, a 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager in her home in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Hallel (left) and Rina Ariel (Courtesy)
Hallel (left) and Rina Ariel (Courtesy)
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