LIVE UPDATES: Eight Israelis Stabbed in Four Different Attacks

Soldier moderately wounded in stabbing attack in northern Israeli city of Afula; earlier, seven Israelis wounded, two of them seriously, in stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Kiryat Arba; Palestinian killed in clash with police.

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Evacuation of Kiryat Arba victim
Evacuation of Kiryat Arba victimCredit: Hatzalah West Bank

The recent wave of terrorism ramped up this week with three stabbing attacks on Wednesday and another four Thursday.

9:10 P.M. Prime Minister Netanyahu calls for a "broad" government and unity among Israelis. "The decision on whether to join the government is in the hands of the opposition."

Netanyahu also added that "We would be glad for cooperation from the Palestinian Authority" in restoring the calm. "If this is their direction, I welcome it." (Barak Ravid)

9:00 P.M. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon calls on "all sides, Jews and Arabs," to stop the violence and incitement.

"The IDF has been waging an assault on Palestinian terror since Operation Defensive Shield" he added during a press conference. "IDF commanders are experienced combatants This is the time to be united and fight the Palestinian terror wave with determination." (Barak Ravid)

8:44 P.M. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conveys condolences to the families of the victims of the recent terror wave. "The terrorist extremists won't achieve anything, we thwart them and we will win," he says in a press conference.

He accuses Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, the Islamic Movement in Israel and "certain countries in the region" of incitement.  

Police at scene of Tel Aviv stabbingCredit: Reuters

"The IDF and the Shin Bet are acting on all fronts," he said, listing military operations in restive neighborhoods, demolition of terrorists' homes, and new rules of engagement and minimum sentencing as means of addressing the violence.

"The means I mentioned, and others I didn't, don't work as a magic solution. But through persistent and systematic action we will prove that terror does not pay off," he says. (Barak Ravid)

7:13 P.M. A soldier is moderately wounded in a stabbing attack in the northern Israeli city of Afula. The assailant is apprehended. (Nir Hasson)

7:11 P.M. Nine police officers injured in clashes in Shoafat refugee camp near Jerusalem. Police and Border Police officers entered the refugee camp to search the home of the resident who committed the stabbing attack in Jerusalem early Thursday. The police reported encountering thousands of youths who gathered near the assailant's home. The youths threw stones and firebombs at the police.

Shooting was heard, and pipe bombs thrown at the police exploded. The wounded personnel were hit by rocks and firebombs. They were treated on the spot. No troops were reported wounded by either gunfire or other explosives. 

The force eventually took control of the rooftops and was able to complete its search of the home in question, according to the police. (Nir Hasson)

Police fire tear gas canisters in HebronCredit: Reuters

7:06 P.M. Strike over security situation in Jerusalem schools to continue tomorrow. (Nir Hasson)

6:59 P.M. A 33-year-old man is arrested in Haifa on suspicion of supporting a terror organization. He is originally from the West Bank. He was taken to a police station in Haifa for questioning. (Noa Shpigel)

6:54 P.M. Education Minister Naftali Bennett joined a protest tent. "In the face of cowardly Arab terror, a wave of Jewish heroes has arisen to defeat it," he said. "Wherever a terrorist appears, citizens rise up to defend their brothers, initiate contact and eliminate the enemy." (Jonathan Lis)

6:44 P.M. Some 200 people demonstrate in Nazareth over Jerusalem's al-Aqsa. Two garbage dumpsters are set on fire. (Noa Shpigel)

6:35 P.M. Usam Hasam Faraj, 20, of the Shoafat refugee camp, is killed by a bullet to his chest. According to medical staff in the refugee camp, he was hit by a bullet fired by a Ruger rifle. (Nir Hasson)

6:25 P.M. A firebomb is thrown at Katzir. No damage reported. (Noa Shpigel)

6:12 P.M. Assailant in Tel Aviv identified as Tair Abu Gazala, a 19-year-old resident of East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqeb. He had no prior criminal record. (Yaniv Kubovich and Amos Harel)

6:09 P.M. A Palestinian medical source from Shoafat reported that at least six people were wounded either moderately or seriously by gunfire from a Ruger rifle at the refugee camp. At least one was wounded in the eye, one in the chest and one in the head. They were evacuated to a Ramallah hospital. (Nir Hasson)

Policeman detains Palestinian youth near HebronCredit: Reuters

6:04 P.M. The remand of two Umm al-Fahm residents accused of throwing firebombs was extended. (Noa Shpigel)

5:48 P.M. Palestinians report four injured in clashes in the Shoafat refugee camp near Jerusalem. Three teens aged 13-14 years old are arrested for throwing stones and taken for interrogation. (Nir Hasson)

5:24 P.M. All the wounded victims of Thursday's attack in Tel Aviv are released from Ichilov Hospital. (Ido Efrati)

5:21 P.M. The Prime Minister's Office announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would hold a press conference at 8:30 P.M. together with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, the chief of staff and the acting police commissioner. (Barak Ravid)

5:08 P.M. Stones are thrown at vehicles in Haifa. No one is injured, but one car is damaged. (Noa Shpigel)

5:04 P.M. An Arab arrested in the old city of Be'er Sheva is released after interrogation. (Almog Ben Zikri)

5:02 P.M. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog calls for total closure of the West Bank until the current unrest subsides. (Jonathan Lis)

3:51 P.M. A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, seriously wounding him. The victim, 31, was evacuated to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center. 

"A man was lying on the road, fully conscious with stab wounds on his upper body," said Moti Unger, a Magen David Adom medic who arrived at the scene. "With the help of an army medical team, we gave him life-saving medical care." (Chaim Levinson)

3:00 P.M. Five people were lightly wounded in a stabbing on the corner of Menachem Begin Boulevard and Moses Street in Tel Aviv. 

The assailant stabbed a soldier with a screwdriver, lightly wounding her, and fled eastward, stabbing three other people. An Israel Defense Forces soldier chased after him and shot him. Magen David Adom medics at the scene pronounced him dead. MDA evacuated the four victims, all lightly wounded, to Ichilov Hospital. The four include a 60-year-old woman, a man and a woman in their 40s and a 20-year-old woman. All suffered from upper chest wounds. Another victim was admitted to Ichilov independently. (Yaniv Kubovich)

12:21 P.M. A man was seriously wounded in a stabbing at a light-rail train station on Haim Bar-Lev Boulevard in Jerusalem, outside the National Police Headquarters. A second man was lightly wounded in a clash with the assailant, who was apprehended. (Nir Hasson)

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