An American tourist was killed and at least thirteen people including Russian tourists were injured in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv’s Jaffa Port on Tuesday.
According to reports, victims were stabbed at three locations during the 20-minute attacking spree which happened as the US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Israel for a two-day visit.
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Five victims are in serious condition, while four sustained moderate injuries, and one was lightly wounded, Israeli media reported, citing Israeli emergency medical service.
The Russian embassy in Israel has confirmed that two Russian citizens, supposedly husband and wife, were among the victims of the attack.
“It has been confirmed that there are two Russian tourists [among the wounded],” Ruslan Kandaurov, a diplomat at the Russian embassy to Israel, told TASS news agency.
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The Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv has confirmed that the murdered man was a 29-year-old American tourist. Officials at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital also revealed that one victim is a pregnant woman and another an Israeli Arab, Times of Israel reports.
The attacker stabbed his victims at three different locations within Jaffa in an assault lasting 20 minutes. He was shot dead by the police and later identified as a 21-year-old man from a West Bank Palestinian refugee camp in Qalqiliya, according to the Times of Israel.
The attack came as the US Vice President Joe Biden, who has arrived in Israel for a two-day visit, was attending an event at the Peres Peace Center, just a 15-minute walk from the scene. Sources from Biden’s delegation told the Jerusalem Post that, though the delegation was aware of the incident, it had not influenced the vice president’s schedule.