Days of Palestine, Tel-Aviv –An attack on a bus in Tel Aviv has left 16 people injured with stab wounds, Israeli police have said.
The assailant, who tried to escape the scene on Wednesday, was shot by police and lightly wounded in the leg before being apprehended, Israeli police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
Israeli authorities said the man was a 23-year-old from Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, and had entered ‘Israel’ without a work visa.
The attack occurred during the morning rush hour, after the assailant boarded the bus on Begin Road, a major thoroughfare in Tel Aviv.
He stabbed the bus driver before moving through the bus and stabbing other passengers. Four of the injured had moderate to serious injuries, according to police.
Reponses to Israeli aggression
Palestinian sources told Days of Palestine that the stabber planned to revenge to the repeated Israeli attacks on Palestinians including those holding Israeli citizenships.
Israeli police killed last week two Palestinians in the city of Rahat in the Negev, south of ‘Israel’ and wounded dozens others.
The sources said that the man wanted to respond to the almost daily Israeli desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place on earth for Muslims all over the world.
Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank have also faced an escalation in attacks by Israeli settlers, including firebombings of local houses.