Man Stabs Guard at U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

Security guard opens fire at attacker during stabbing incident at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv; attacker apprehended by police.

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A man stabbed a security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and was apprehended by police, a police spokesman said. The guard opened fire during the attack.

Israel Radio reported that according to the police, the attacker, who was armed with a knife and axe, was not wounded. Security guards shot at the assailant, a 41-year-old Israeli from Bat Yam, but did not wound him. One of the security guards sustained light wounds to his leg.

Alicia Zur-Szpiro, a British-Israeli resident of Tel Aviv, witnessed the event.

“I heard voices and shouting and looked up to see what I thought was a shooter - it looked like he had a gun in his hand - in a standoff at the back of the embassy with 6-7 embassy guards," she recounted.

"I heard the words 'Don’t shoot!' in English. Within moments there were gunshots. After the gunshots, the guards moved in to wrestle him to the ground.

It was a real struggle. It took many guards to hold him down, he struggled and he was shouting," she said. "As the guards were holding down this man, an armored vehicle exited the embassy."

Police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld says the suspect is being held at the scene. Tel Aviv police spokeswoman Orit Friedman says the attacker's motives are unknown, but political motives are not suspected. The U.S. Embassy did not immediately comment. 

U.S. Embassy in Tel AvivCredit: Ariel Schalit