Palestinian attacker stabs 5 with screwdriver in Tel Aviv


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A 19-year-old Palestinian man who stabbed five people with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv was shot dead.

The Wednesday afternoon attack, which occurred across the street from the headquarters of Israel’s military, was the second stabbing attack of the day by a Palestinian assailant and the fifth in the past two days.

None of the injuries were considered serious.

The assailant, from eastern Jerusalem, reportedly attempted to grab a soldier’s weapon before he began stabbing her, Israeli police said. He stabbed four other bystanders while fleeing toward the Azrieli Mall on a busy thoroughfare before he was shot by a soldier on the street.

Police have increased security in Tel Aviv in the wake of the attack.

The attack came about two hours after a 25-year-old yeshiva student was seriously injured after being stabbed in the neck with a knife by a Palestinian assailant near a Jerusalem Light Rail station.

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