An Arab Muslim teenager stabbed an Israeli man, critically wounding him, at a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavneh. After initially saying the motive was unclear, police confirmed that the stabbing was apparently a terror attack.
Times of Israel The Muslim stabber was captured by civilians, who held him down until police arrived. He was later identified by the Shin Bet security service as Ismail Ibrahim Ismail Abu Aram, 19, from the West Bank village of Yatta.
The 43-year-old victim, who worked at the supermarket, was stocking shelves with paper towels on one of the aisles, paying no mind to the teenager who walked past him.
Suddenly the attacker turned around, took out a knife and began viciously stabbing the supermarket employee in the upper body. Though injured, the victim fought off the terrorist and tried to run away from him, blocking the aisle after him with a handcart.
A hospital spokesperson said the victim was in critical condition. He was unconscious and hooked up to a ventilator. Doctors in the hospital’s trauma center worked to stop the bleeding, before the victim was taken to an operating room for “life-saving surgeries,” the spokesperson said.
According to the Shin Bet, Abu Aram entered Israel illegally, without an entry permit.
CCTV from inside the Shufersal supermarket in Yavneh, south of Tel Aviv, showed the moments leading up to the attack and the stabbing itself.