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Palestinian detained after stabbing Palestinian citizen of Israel in restaurant

July 24, 2017 1:28 P.M. (Updated: July 24, 2017 4:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian man was detained in the central Israeli city of Petah Tikva on Monday after stabbing and injuring a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Israeli police reported.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a 21-year-old Palestinian man from the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, who reportedly did not have a permit to enter Israel, stabbed another man in a restaurant.

The victim, who al-Samri said was a 32-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel from the town of Arara, sustained moderate to serious injuries and was evacuated to a hospital for treatment.

The owner of the restaurant where the attack took place told Hebrew-language news site Maariv that a bus driver had entered his shop, immediately followed by the alleged assailant, who ordered food.

As his meal was being prepared, the owner said, the young Palestinian man pulled out a knife and stabbed the bus driver, before turning towards the restaurant owner's wife. As the attacker was gearing up to stab the woman, the owner told Maariv that he struck the man in the head with his long wooden pizza oven spatula, causing him to flee the scene.

Al-Samri said that an Israeli passerby hit the Palestinian with his car and detained him until the police's arrival.

While English-language police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the incident was being treated as a "terrorist attack," al-Samri indicated on Monday afternoon  that the case had been put under a gag order until the end of the month -- formally barring Israeli media and foreign journalists with Israeli press cards from reporting on the case.
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