Woman lightly hurt in attack on street of Israel’s southernmost city; Arab teen taken in for questioning

Police at the scene of a stabbing in Eilat. (screen capture: Twitter)
Police at the scene of a stabbing in Eilat. (screen capture: Twitter)


A stabbing attack that left an Israeli woman lightly injured in Eilat on Thursday evening most likely had a nationalistic motivation, the police said.

The woman was rushed to hospital after being attacked in the street in Israel’s southernmost resort city. The suspected stabber fled the scene shortly after the attack, according to police spokeswoman Luba Samri.

Police arrived in force at the scene to search for the attacker and collect evidence and eyewitness testimony.

An Arab teenager was arrested during a police search and was taken in for further questioning, Samri said.

The attack was one of a string of assaults on Israeli targets Thursday. A woman was lightly hurt by stones thrown at her car near the central town of Ramle on Thursday evening, and was hospitalized with wounds to her face.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man attempted to stab an IDF soldier in Hebron. The soldier was unhurt in the attack, and the assailant was shot by security services. Police reported that he had died of his wounds.

That attack came four hours after an IDF soldier was lightly wounded in a similar stabbing attack in the city. A Palestinian man armed with a knife approached Israeli forces, stabbing at one of the IDF soldiers and slicing his face. The soldier recovered from the blow and fought back. The attacker was shot dead.

As reported by The Times of Israel