Man Wounded in Stabbing Attack Outside Central Israel Mall

Victim suffers light wounds in third such attack in single day; In Jerusalem, Palestinian youth tries to stab police officers.

Ofer Vaknin

An Israeli man was stabbed by a Palestinian attacker outside the entrance to a large shopping mall in Petah Tikva, central Israel, on Wednesday evening. The attacker was overpowered by civilians at the scene before being arrested by police, who arrived at the mall within minutes.

The victim, in his mid-20s, suffered superficial wounds after being stabbed in the chest. He was treated at the scene before being taken to Petah Tikva's Beilinson Hospital. His condition was described as good.

Police named the attacker as Tamer Yunis Ahmed Vareidat, 25, from Daheira, near Hebron. He arrived to the mall by bus and immediately started attacking passers-by upon alighting. The victim, who was standing on the sidewalk outside the mall, was the person closest to him.

Also on Wednesday, one person was wounded outside Jerusalem. Police officers at the Al Zaim checkpoint near Mount Scopus opened fire at the driver after they suspected the Palestinian vehicle was trying to run them over. The driver suffered moderate wounds and was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. Two other people were treated for shock after their car was hit by the gun fire.

On Wednesday evening, police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor averted an attack when a Palestinian youth they had approached for questioning pulled a knife and attempted to stab them. 

The 15-year-old youth was arrested by the police.

"While dealing with unrest in Abu Tor, the officers noticed a youth who aroused their suspicion," said Inspector Dror Mizrachi, deputy commander of the Border Police unit in Jerusalem. "While they were attempting to search him, he pulled out a knife. He was immediately overpowered and taken into custody."

Third stabbing attack in one day

The stabbing in Petah Tikva was the third such incident in a single day. Late on Wednesday, three youths were arrested in Jaffa for throwing rocks at a bus. No injuries were reported.

On Wednesday afternoon, a Palestinian man attacked an Israel Defense Forces soldier in the southern city of Kiryat Gat and took his rifle. The assailant was later shot dead by the police.

Earlier, a man was stabbed by a Palestinian woman in Jerusalem's Old City, sustaining light wounds. The man drew his weapon and fired at the assailant, who was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. 

The victim, a Jewish man in his 30s, was treated on the scene for knife wounds to his back before being rushed to the hospital.

The attack took place on Hagai Street in Jerusalem's Old City, close to where two ultra-Orthodox men were stabbed to death by a Palestinian on Saturday. 

Earlier still, an Israeli woman was wounded when Palestinians threw stones at her car on a road near Jerusalem. She sustained light wounds.