A Tel Aviv man stabbed three Eritrean asylum seekers in an internet café in south Tel Aviv’s Shapira neighborhood on Tuesday morning, leaving two patrons lightly wounded.
Police arrested a suspect shortly after the stabbing, who they described as a 38-year-old “mentally disturbed” Tel Aviv resident. Police said the man had been receiving psychiatric treatment for some time before the incident took place, but would not elaborate on the specifics of his illness. He will be brought for a hearing at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s court on Wednesday morning, where police will seek an extension of his remand.
According to eyewitnesses, the man stabbed two patrons who had their backs to him immediately after entering the store. The owner of the internet café, Isaias Tesfamariam, said he was cut on the hand when he began struggling with the assailant, who said nothing before the attack began.