Manhunt Under Way After Intruder Stabs Man in Central Israel

The victim, 50, was evacuated to a nearby hospital in critical condition

Forces arrive at the scene after an intruder stabbed a 50-year-old man in his home in central Israel, May 17, 2017.
Moti Milrod

Israeli police launched a manhunt on Wednesday morning after an intruder broke into a home in the central Israeli community of Elishema and stabbed a man in his 50s, inflicting serious injuries. The Arabic phrase "Itbah al-Yahud" ("kill the Jews) was sprayed at the scene, but police investigators said they didn't know whether it was connected to the incident.

The Magen David Adom emergency service said the incident was reported at 11:20 A.M.

Medics and paramedics said the victim was found inside the house, semiconscious state and with multiple stab wounds to the upper body.

After medics stopped the victim’s bleeding and bandaged his wounds, the man was evacuated by ambulance to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where he was admitted in critical condition.

The Sharon District of the Israel Police said police units were called to the scene of the incident, which is under investigation. It said a manhunt was under way and that all leads and motives were being examined.