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Palestinian stab victim says passersby 'looked on' during attack

Oct. 9, 2015 9:29 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2015 11:29 A.M.)
An Israeli policeman in Jerusalem following an attack on Oct. 8, 2015. (AFP/File)
BEERSHEVA (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian who was stabbed by an Israeli in Dimona earlier on Friday said the teenager chased him down and stabbed him repeatedly while passersby "looked on."

Eid al-Hawashla, 44, who lives in the suburbs of Dimona, told Ma'an he had just left a shop at the time that the youth had already stabbed two Palestinians nearby.

"He approached me and stabbed once again, despite people shouting at him," al-Hawashla said.

"A Lehman school guard had drawn his gun and ordered him to get away from me, but did not shoot him," he added, referring to a guard of a local school.

Al-Hawashla was one of four Palestinians that an Israeli suspect stabbed and injured in the city on Friday.

The Israeli reportedly attacked a 35-year-old Bedouin laborer before fleeing the scene and stabbing another three Palestinian Bedouin workers, all reported to be in their 50s, Israeli news site Ynet said.

Three of the victims are employees of the Israeli state's Dimona municipality.

Two of the men received moderate to serious injuries and were taken to Soroka hospital for treatment, while the two others were lightly injured.

The Israeli suspect, said to be 17, was detained.

The attack was one of several in a wave of stabbings that has erupted across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in recent days.

Four Palestinians have been shot dead on scene after allegedly carrying out stabbing attacks since Oct. 1.

Eight demonstrators meanwhile have been shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the same time period, and four Israelis have been killed in attacks, including two Israeli settlers.

Palestinian Fadi Alloun, 19, was also shot dead by Israeli forces after an alleged stabbing attack on Saturday, although a video of his death showed he posed no threat at the time and was running away from a group of Israelis.

On Friday, a Palestinian woman was shot and injured after an alleged stabbing attempt in Afula, but video footage of the incident shows that the woman posed no threat when she was shot.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to take measures to prevent future attacks, critics argue the measures protect Israeli Jews while leave Palestinians unprotected from Israeli attackers and military forces.

Hundreds of right-wing Israelis have marched through Jerusalem's streets over the past week chanting "Death to Arabs" and calling on the PM to take more serious measures.
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