Assailant Behind West Bank Stabbing Attack Reportedly Turns Himself in to Palestinian Authorities

Condition of 40-year-old man seriously wounded in Friday's stabbing attack near Ramallah has improved to moderate.

Itzik Cohen

The Palestinian responsible for Friday's West Bank stabbing attack turned himself in to Palestinian authorities, Palestinian sources say.

In the attack on Friday afternoon, a 40-year-old was seriously wounded after being stabbed multiple times in his back and chest in the Sha'ar Binyamin Industrial Zone, east of Ramallah in the West Bank. His condition has since improved to moderate. 

Israeli military forces launched a manhunt after the assailant fled the scene. A Palestinian man claimed responsibility for the attack, identifying himself in a video uploaded to Facebook hours after the incident.

In the video, the man, who identifies himself as Baraa Kaid Issa, says that he is a member of Fatah's military arm but that he acted on his own.

"In my name and on behalf of the Palestinian people, I, Baraa Kaid Issa, ID number 40630297, have sworn to protect Al-Aqsa and defend our occupied land," the man says. "I have vowed with all the power of my body and mind to perpetrate this attack, with no pressure from anyone."