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Palestinian teen detained after stabbing Israeli man in central Israel

Aug. 2, 2017 1:27 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 3, 2017 1:34 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian teenager has been detained for stabbing an Israeli man in the central Israeli city of Yavne on Wednesday, leaving the man with serious injuries, according to Israeli police.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a 42-year-old Israeli man was stabbed and seriously wounded by a 19-year-old Palestinian from the village of Yatta, located in the Hebron district in the southern occupied West Bank.

Micky Rosenfeld, another Israeli police spokesperson, identified the alleged attacker as Ismail Ibrahim Ismail Abu Aram.

The stabbing took place at a supermarket in Yavne city, al-Samri added.

Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the Palestinian was being held and questioned by Israeli authorities.

He added that Israeli police were currently looking into reports of whether the incident was a politically motivated attack -- which he referred to as a “terrorist attack.” Israeli police later confirmed that the incident was indeed being considered a "nationalist" attack.

Israeli media reported that the Palestinian was initially “captured” by Israeli civilians in the area, before being handed over to the police.

The injured Israeli reportedly suffered stab wounds to his upper body, and was reported to be in “serious and unstable condition,” according to Israeli media. Israel’s Magen David Adom emergency service was not immediately available to comment on any updates on his condition.

Israeli media added that the wounded Israeli was taken to the Kaplan Medical Center in the Israeli city of Rehovat for treatment.

Israeli media also reported that Israeli forces raided Abu Aram's family home in the Hebron-area village of Yatta following the attack.

According to Ma'an documentation, 53 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of the year, 13 of whom have been killed since July 14 during attacks, alleged attacks, or in clashes following protests against Israeli security measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Since the beginning of 2017, 13 Israelis have been killed by Palestinians, nine of whom were uniformed Israeli officers.

Palestinians have often cited the daily frustrations and routine Israeli military violence imposed by Israel's nearly half century occupation of the Palestinian territory as main drivers for political attacks on Israelis.
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