Israeli Army Cordons Off West Bank Village After Supermarket Attack

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A screenshot of the stabbing at a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh, August 2, 2017.
A screenshot of the stabbing at a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh, August 2, 2017.Credit: Security camera footage

The Israeli army has placed a West Bank village on lockdown Wednesday, blocking the entrances and exists to Yatta, near Hebron, hours after a Palestinian from the village critically stabbed a man in a in central Israel.

An Israeli man in his 40s was the victim of the attack at a supermarket in the city of Yavneh. Following an initial investigation, Israeli security forces said they believe the incident was politically motivated.

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.

Emergency services arriving at the scene said that 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.

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