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Palestinian minor detained, Israeli soldier lightly injured in alleged stab attack in Tel Aviv

May 30, 2016 7:59 P.M. (Updated: May 31, 2016 5:57 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian minor was detained after allegedly carrying out a stab attack with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv on Monday, which left a 19-year-old Israeli soldier lightly injured, according to Israeli police.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a young Israeli man was lightly injured after being stabbed by a Palestinian suspect. The Palestinian allegedly attempted to flee the scene, but was chased and apprehended by witnesses who then handed him over to Israeli police, who took him in for interrogation.

The Israeli, who was later revealed to be an Israeli soldier, was evacuated to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Medical Center for treatment, from which he was expected to be released shortly. 

Israeli police imposed heightened security in the area of the incident.

Al-Samri added later the suspected attacker was a 17-year-old Palestinian from the northern occupied West Bank town of Salfit and had "apparently nationalistic" motives. Investigations were ongoing in cooperation with the Israel's security service Shin Bet, she added.

Locals in the occupied West Bank identified the suspect on Tuesday as Omar al-Abbushi.

Israeli media reported the Palestinian minor was employed at a supermarket near the location of the incident.

The suspected attack came hours after it was announced that Israeli forces had detained three Palestinian minors suspected of being involved in an alleged stabbing of two elderly Israeli women in the illegal Israeli settlement of East Talpiyot on May 10.

The two women were moderately injured when two youths stabbed them. Israeli police said that the third Palestinian who had been detained had left the area prior to the attack, fearing the consequences which could befall his family, including the demolition of their home, should he carry out an attack.

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

The unrest has been marked by a surge of small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals -- predominantly on Israeli military targets -- which have left nearly 30 Israelis dead, with the majority of suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead on site.

In recent months, Israel has accused numerous Palestinians of “incitement,” alleging that it was behind a number of alleged attacks and attempted attacks against Israeli military targets and settlers.

Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's nearly 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon.

According to Palestinian prisoners’ rights organization Addameer, 7,000 Palestinians were held in Israeli prisons as of April, including 438 minors.

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