JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli man was seriously wounded in a stabbing by a Palestinian assailant at a supermarket in central Israel in what police say was a nationalistic terror attack.
The victim in the early Wednesday afternoon attack in the central Israeli city of Yavneh is an employee of the supermarket, part of the large Shufersal chain.The assailant, a 19-year-old man from a village near Hebron in the West Bank, was originally identified as a supermarket employee, but security officials later said that he had entered Israel illegally.
The victim, 42, was taken to a hospital in Rehovot, where he is in serious condition with several stab wounds to his upper body. As of late Wednesday afternoon he remain in surgery with life-threatening injuries.
Civilian bystanders wrestled the attacker, to the ground. Some then kicked the stabber, Ynet reported. He was turned over to the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, for questioning.