Unnamed soldier with multiple stab wounds was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center in critical condition. Israel police capture assailant, 18 yr-old Arab male from Nablus.
An Israel Defense Forces soldier was stabbed near a train station in the city of Tel Aviv on Monday in what police say was a terror attack.
Emergency rescue services treated him at the site before evacuating him to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, in critical condition. According to Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller, the soldier, aged about 20, was found with a number of stab wounds.
Police arrested the assailant for interrogation. According to police, the assailant, who was lightly wounded in a struggle with security forces upon his arrest, is a Palestinian resident of Nablus who had entered Israel illegally.
The incident took place at the Haganah train station in central Tel Aviv.
“From initial investigations it emerges that the incident was a terrorist knife attack,” the Israel Police reported via their Twitter feed.
“The victim was seriously wounded and transferred to hospital for treatment. The suspect in the attack, a resident of Nablus, escaped from the scene and was detained by members of the police anti-terror unit hiding in a nearby building. A large police force is on the scene.”
“A young man of about 20 lay in the road adjacent to the Haganah train station,” said senior Magen David paramedic Moshe Amir, who arrived early on the scene. “He was unconscious, had no pulse and was not breathing. There was a huge crowd at the scene.
“We started giving him emergency treatment, including resuscitation, until an ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital in critical condition.”
Magen David Adom also treated two people with shock.
If confirmed to be a terror attack, Monday’s incident will be the fourth in the past few weeks.
Two people were killed on October 23, when a Palestinian drove his car into a light rail train station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem, running over passersby. That was followed by the assassination attempt on Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick on October 30, which left Glick seriously wounded.
On November 5, two people were killed and several seriously wounded, when a Palestinian drove his van into pedestrians near the Old City in Jerusalem.
This is a developing story.
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