A 21-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank was charged on Wednesday with attempted murder in a stabbing in July in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva, an attack that seriously wounded an Arab Israeli man.
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According to the indictment, filed in an Israeli military court, Mansour Hatib stabbed the man, Abd Fathi Abu Hillel, 31, a number of times in the torso until he thought he had killed him.
With the intention of harming more people, Hatib then entered a nearby pizzeria and tried to attack a customer before being knocked down with a pizza tray by the restauran’t owner.
Abu Hillel, who remained conscious, was evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in a stable state.
Besides charging Hatib, a resident of the West Bank city of Qalqilyah, with attempted murder, a parallel offense to murder in military law, the assailant was also charged with entering Israel illegally.
The Military Advocate General requested Hatib's detention be extended until the end of proceedings.