An Israeli male in his 40s was critically wounded in a stabbing attack at a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh. Following an initial investigation, Israeli security forces confirmed the incident was a politically motivated terror attack.
The Palestinian assailant, 19-year-old Ismail Abu Aram from the West Bank village of Yatta, was an employee of the Shufersal supermarket and was arrested at the scene after nearby witnesses tackled him. He is currently being interrogated by Israeli security forces.
According to a United Hatzalah emergency responder, the victim was stabbed numerous times in the head, neck and chest and was taken to Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot. He underwent surgery immediately upon arriving at the hospital. Several people were lightly wounded by pepper spray and were treated at the scene by emergency responders.
Israeli forces have since arrived in Yatta to raid the assailant's home and interrogate his relatives. According to the Shin Bet security service, the assailant has no background as a security threat, though the investigation is ongoing.
Last week, a Palestinian stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli man at a shawarma stand in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva. The Shin Bet security service said the stabber had been in Israeli jails in 2015 and 2016, and is being questioned.