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Arab Wounds 3 in Netanya with Ax

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An ax-wielding Arab wounded three people in the center of Netanya on Monday afternoon.

The most seriously hurt was a tourist from France, who was struck on the head. She underwent major surgery at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva.

The other two victims sustained what were described as moderate injuries. None was immediately identified to the media.

The attack took place in Independence Square in the center of the seaside city.

Police arrested the assailant, a 37-year-old Israeli Arab from Taiba village, not far from Netanya. He gave no reason for the attacks.

Police said the man had been stopped and questioned earlier on the Netanya beach by a member of the civil guard but fled, apparently with the ax concealed in a bag.

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