Jewish man suspected of stabbing Arab in Ashdod

Man in religious clothing sought after incident with an Arab street peddler.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 5, 2017 11:49
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Scene of stabbing incident in Ashdod, January 5, 2017. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Police are in search of a suspect who stabbed another man on Thursday in Ashdod. The victim, 40, is in moderate condition, according to Magen David Adom.

A police statement said that initial findings suggest that a religious Jewish man stabbed an Arab in what was initially thought to be a terror attack, however the circumstances surrounding the incident have not yet confirmed. There is also the possibility that the attack was criminal in nature, and not related to nationalistic motivations.

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Army Radio reported that the suspect heard the man speaking Arabic, and then committed the attack.

The victim was said to be a street peddler (al tizahen) - a person who sells his wares on a cart roving the streets, a common but declining trade in Israel.

Earlier on Thursday, a Beduin man was caught after stealing a handgun from a security guard at a Beersheba shopping mall. The weapon was recovered by police after a 30 minute search.


Beersheba gun.(photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)


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