Teenage woman stabbed by Palestinian in what is suspected to be a terror attack

The woman is now in critical condition after she suffered from multiple stab wounds in her upper body.
Israel's emergency response service, Magen David Adom, at the scene of the attack. Photo Credit: Magen David Adom.

An 18 year-old woman was stabbed earlier today (Monday) in Afula in northern Israel. The assailant, a 30 year-old Palestinian man from Jenin, fled from the scene but was caught by the Israel Police shortly thereafter. 

Magen David Adom received a phone call at 11:50 this morning which reported that a young woman was stabbed in the chest. She managed to took a few steps before collapsing, and waited at a nearby Aroma cafe’ for paramedics to arrive.

Israel Police officers who arrived shortly thereafter began to collect evidence. They identified a suspicious man who ran away from the police when he was identified. “Police shot the suspect in the legs after the called for him to stop,” said a police representative.

From the initial investigation, the Israel Police confirmed that the man was armed with a knife. While the motivations for the attack have not yet been determined, the police suspect that the stabbing was an act of terror. 

Both the assailant and the victim were evacuated to the Emek hospital in Afula. The woman was treated by Magen David Adom medics who arrived at the scene for serious to severe injuries. According to reports, her condition worsened by the time she arrived at the hospital.

One medic at the scene told Israel’s Hadashot news that “when we arrived at the scene, there was chaos. A girl of about 18 was sitting in a chair at the entrance to a shop, conscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds in her upper body. We administered life-saving first aid care and stopped the bleeding.”

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