Police: Not Ruling Out That Biden Visit Triggered Attacks Across Israel

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U.S. citizen killed in Jaffa identified as student in Vanderbilt University

The U.S. citizen killed in Tuesday's terror attack in Jaffa was identified as Taylor Force, a student at Vanderbilt University's Graduate School of Management.

"Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel," the university said in a statement.

Netanyahu meets with top defense officials

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convenes Israel's top brass for a consultation following the day's attacks. Among those present are Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police Commissioner Alsheikh and representatives from the IDF and Shin Bet.

Israel Police: Not ruling out possibility that Biden visit triggered attacks

Israel Police say in a statement that it is not ruling out the possibility that U.S. V.P. Joe Biden's visit on Tuesday was a trigger for the attacks. Police will take that possibility into account when securing the V.P., the statement said.

The statement also noted that all the assailants in the day's attacks were Palestinians who were in Israel illegally, and clarified that it will treat anyone who employs, houses, or drives an illegal alien very severely.

IDF imposes closure on terrorists' villages in West Bank

The Israeli army imposed a closure on the West Bank villages of Zawia and Auja where the Petah Tikva assailant, Abd Al-Rahman Radad, 17, and the Tel Aviv assailant, Bashar Masalha, 22, resided.

Meanwhile, Hamas lauded the attacks, saying that they were a natural reaction and that the Palestinians have the right to fight the occupation with any means at their disposal.

Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran also called on the different Palestinians factions to join the "struggle of the Palestinians youths who choose to go and carry out attacks at the heart of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem."

Opposition politicians slam Netanyahu government

Opposition politicians slam the Netanyahu government in response to the attacks. Opposition leader and Labor chairman Isaac Herzog called on the government to adopt his separation plan for East Jerusalem.

Zionist Union co-chair Tzipi Livni said: "The terror wave will not subside on its own, the Biden visit is an opportunity to lower the flames."

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said that the terror attacks were a "result of the Netanyahu and Ya'alon's policy of containing terrorism."

Jaffa assailant identified

The Jaffa assailant was identified as a 22-year-old Palestinian from Qalqilyah.

Police stand near the body of the assailant at the scene of the Jaffa stabbing attack, March 8, 2016.Credit: David Bachar

Jaffa assailant shot dead by police

According to the police, the Jaffa assailant stabbed three people at the Jaffa port, and then ran to the promenade and stabbed four more near the Manta Ray Restaurant. He then fled toward Tel Aviv, but was shot dead by police officers. No other assailant is suspected of having been involved in the attack.

Scene of the attack in Jaffa. Credit: Dudu Bachar

Six seriously wounded in Jaffa attack

Six people are wounded in Jaffa attack, three seriously and three moderately, in three different locations: the promenade, Nahum Goldmann Street, and the Clock Square.

Jerusalem gunman identified

Jerusalem gunman identified as Fouad Tamimi, 25, from Issawiya in East Jerusalem, with no previous security-related record.

Petah Tikva stabber dies of wounds

Israel Police said that an Arab man followed the victim into a liquor store on Baron Hirsch Street in Petah Tikva, drew a knife and stabbed him in the upper body. The victim, together with the shop owner, managed to overpower the assailant, took the knife from him and stabbed him. He later died of his wounds.

Jerusalem gunman shot down by police

Jerusalem Police say a gunman opened fire at officers on Salah A-Din Street near the Old City. One officer was wounded, and Border Police officers went in pursuit of the gunman, who opened fire again and wounded another officer. The Israeli troops fired back and managed to shoot down the assailant.

One officer was seriously wounded and the other was moderately wounded.

Israeli Border Police stand guard following the shooting attack in Jerusalem, March 8, 2016. Credit: AFP

Man wounded in suspected stabbing in Tel Aviv suburb

A man is stabbed in a suspected terror attack in the city of Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv.

The victim, an ultra-Orthodox man in his 40s, sustained moderate wounds to the upper body, and was rushed to Beilinson Hospital. The assailant was shot down by police officers at the scene.

Scene of suspected terror attack in Petah Tikva. Credit: MDA

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