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A 25-year-old man was seriously injured after being stabbed in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Thursday, shortly after a Palestinian man injured four while on a stabbing rampage in Tel Aviv.
The Kiryat Arba assailant is still at large, and is believed to have fled in the direction of Hebron. Security forces are currently in pursuit.
The Tel Aviv assailant was shot dead by an Israel Air Force officer after attacking passers-by with a screwdriver opposite the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. All four victims were lightly wounded.
Video: Scene of Tel Aviv attack
The mother of the soldier who was stabbed in the Tel Aviv attack said, “I saw the terrorist running up to my daughter and stabbing her. I started screaming and crying and I understood that this was a terrorist attack.”
“She sat on her gun so he couldn’t steal it, and the other soldier ran after the terrorist. I’m in shock. I just spoke to her and she is traumatized,” said her mother.
Police cordoned off Begin junction, one of the busiest junctions in the city, fearing a second terrorist might be on the loose.
Hours earlier, a Yeshivah student was seriously wounded after being stabbed in the chest in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem on Thursday.
The attacker, a 19-year-old resident of East Jerusalem, then tried to snatch the weapon of a security guard on the nearby light rail.
The Shin Bet named the terrorist as Subhi Abu Khalifa, 19, a resident of the Shuafat Refugee Camp district. Abu Khalifa has no history of security arrests or offense. The Shin Bet has begun questioning him.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was attacked shortly after 12 p.m. while walking in the area. His assailant was apprehended by police moments later while he tried to hijack a passing car.
The victim, a 25-year-old Yeshiva student, was treated by paramedics and transported to the capital’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
It is the second stabbing attack in the city in the space of 24 hours.
Magen David Adom spokesman Zaki Heller told Ynet that “the victim was stabbed in the neck. It happened near the site of the vehicular attack near the light rail several months ago. Other shock victims were treated at the site.”
The attack came hours after Mayor Nir Barkat urged residents licensed to carry weapons to carry them, as violence spiked in the city over the past few weeks.
The stabbing is the fourth of its kind in the capital since October first and has resulted in heightened police security throughout flashpoint Arab neighborhoods and the Old City.