It’s a sad day for several families in Tel Aviv. According to Israeli police, a man from West Bank was shot after he stabbed at least 11 people on a bus. Police say that the bus was in central Tel Aviv, and the attacker was a Palestinian man. The stabbings occurred on the Maariv bridge. Despite not knowing for sure, police say are treating this attack as a terrorist attack.
Authorities released a statement early Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, to say that a terrorist stabbing occurred on a morning commuter bus. The bus driver was stabbed several times. Despite this, the driver fought back until the man fled on foot.
An officer, who has only been identified as Benny, said that he saw the bus swerve to the side. It then came to a complete stop at a green light. After that, people started running out of the bus and yelling for help. This is when the terrorist jumped out of the bus and started running. The man was seen attacking people not only on the bus but also outside the bus.
After stabbing a number of people, the attacker tried to flee the scene on foot. The officer, a guard from a prison service, gave chase and fired a shot into the air. When this didn’t stop the attacker, the guard shot him in the leg.
According to a spokeswoman for the police department, three of the people that were stabbed are in very serious conditions. The others have light or moderate wounds.
After arresting the man, police determined that he is an illegal worker from the town of Tulkarem. This is one of the occupied towns in West Bank. After being arrested, the 23-year-old said that he carried out this attack in direct response to Israel’s military operations in Gaza. He claimed that the attack was also in response to the tension over being able to access religious sites in Jerusalem.
The attack that the man speaks of happened last year, when nearly 2,100 Palestinians were killed in Gaza between July and August. The majority of the people who were killed during this conflict were civilians.
Officers in the area are patrolling Tel Aviv to prevent further attacks, according to Micky Rosenfeld, a spokesman for the police department. They don’t believe the man was working with anyone, but the police would rather be safe than sorry.