11-year-old Wounded in Stabbing in Central Israel

Child says unknown assailant with Arabic accent stabbed him and fled. A 17-year-old suspect was arrested.

Paramedics evacuate an 11-year-old boy wounded in a suspected stabbing in Ramle, February 8, 2016.
Ramle rescue services

An 11-year-old boy was moderately wounded in a stabbing in the city of Ramle in central Israel on Monday afternoon, police reported. 

A suspect, a 17-year-old male resident of Ramle, was arrested shortly after.

According to the police, the child told his mother that a man approached him on the street and asked him for a lighter in an Arabic accent. When the child replied that he doesn't have one, the man stabbed him twice in the back with a pair of scissors and fled. 

The police said the child's testimony was being investigated. 

The child was evacuated to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin.

More details to follow