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Ra’anana stabber hoped to be a ‘martyr’

The Central District Prosecutor’s Office filed an indictment to the Central District Court Sunday against Khalid Basti, 28, from Jerusalem, for attempting to kill Jews in a stabbing attack in Ra’anana earlier this month.

Basti made the deliberate decision to murder Jews, the indictment states, hoping to become a “martyr.” To do so, he took a paring knife, concealed it beneath his shirt, and traveled to Ra’anana’s popular Jerusalem street to carry out the attack.

He arrived at the station for the 34 bus, which was flooded with people – all of whom had their backs turned to him.

Basti then pulled the knife out and stabbed one of the commuters in the head, shoulder, and neck; the weapon broke due to the force of the blows.

Undeterred, he then proceeded to beat three people with the handle of the knife, not realizing the blade had broken.

Three passersby were lightly wounded and a fourth victim was seriously wounded.

CCTV footage later caught the savagery of the attack, wherein Basti – seen wearing an orange T-shirt – can be seen calmly approaching his unsuspecting victims, and then running off. He was apprehended shortly after.

Watch: Terrorist Stabs Commuters in Ra’anana, Then Runs Off

CCTV footage shows the moment an Arab terrorist attacked a group of Jewish commuters  at a bus stop in Ra’anana yesterday, injuring four people – just hours after an identical attack in the same city.

The terrorist, dressed in an orange t-shirt, can be seen calmly approaching his unsuspecting victims before suddenly launching into a frenzied attack, and then running off almost as fast.

He was later caught and subdued by other pedestrians and handed over to police.

The previous attacker was less fortunate, only succeeding in lightly injuring one person before passersby tackled him to the ground and beat him unconscious. Police who arrived shortly afterwards held the crowd back, and the terrorist was hospitalized in serious condition.

Shortly after that attack two near-simultaneous attacks rocked Jerusalem, leaving three dead and scores more wounded.

US Condemns Attacks on Israeli Civilians

The United States condemned on Tuesday the latest round of deadly terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians by Arab attackers.

The US State Department issued a statement after two Israelis were killed when two terrorists attacked passengers with knives and a gun on a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood.

In a separate attack, also in Jerusalem, another Israeli was killed when an Arab terrorist and Bezeq employee drove his company car into a crowd of Jews at abus stop then jumped out with a knife.

Five other Israelis were also wounded in two stabbing attacks in Ra’anana, a city in the Sharon region north of Tel Aviv.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians,” spokesman John Kirby said.

“We are in regular contact with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority,” he added.

“We remain deeply concerned about escalating tensions and urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and prevent actions that would further escalate tensions.”

Tuesday’s four attacks were only the latest in a two-week wave of violent Arab terror across the Jewish state.

After the attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that he would use “all means” at his disposal to restore order.

Hamas Praises ‘Heroic’ Attacks in Jerusalem and Ra’anana

The Hamas terrorist group has praised the spate of bloody attacks against Israeli civilians Tuesday, which left three people dead and nearly two dozen wounded.

Hamas’s official Al Aqsa radio station issued a statement hailing the “heroes” who targeted innocent Israelis in four attacks in Jerusalem and Ra’anana.

“Today is a day of revenge for all the women, children and martyrs,” it said in a statement.

“Jerusalem is totally closed, everyone who goes in or out is checked,” the statement continued, noting Israeli police’s lockdown of the Israeli capital following the two deadliest attacks of the day.

“We have reached all the way to Ra’anana, deep inside Israel,” Hamas boasted. “Well done to the heroes!”

Tuesday has been the bloodiest since the latest wave of Arab attacks began months ago.

Three murdered, dozens wounded in 5 attacks

Over a dozen wounded in two simultaneous attacks in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot and Geula neighborhoods; in two Ra’anana attacks: 1 seriously hurt, 3 moderately and 1 lightly; fifth stabbing takes place near IKEA in northern city of Kiryat Ata.

Three people were murdered and dozens were wounded in four terror attacks in Jerusalem and Ra’anana on Tuesday morning. Roads into Jerusalem were closed off following the deadly attacks.

Hamas praised the attacks, saying they are “a message to anyone who harms our holy places. We call to continue the intifada, which is the natural response to the world’s silence.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his Security Cabinet at midday to decide on further steps to take in light of the ongoing terror attacks.

Three were killed and 17 others wounded in two simultaneous attacks in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot and Geula neighborhoods.

Two terrorists boarded an Egged bus on Olei HaGardom Street in East Talpiot, a neighborhood also known as Armon HaNetziv, armed with a gun and the other with a knife. They started shooting and stabbing passengers while the bus kept moving, killing a man in his 60s and wounding four others. One of the wounded was later declared dead at the hospital.

DRAMATIC FOOTAGE: Moments after Arab terrorist deadly shooting/stabbing attack on Israeli bus in Jerusalem.

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Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, murdered in vehicular attack in Geula neighborhood in Jerusalem

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A security guard at the scene was able to overpower one of them and shoot him. The terrorist then tried to get up and resume his attack, but the security guard shot him again.

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The second terrorist locked the bus’ doors in an attempt to stop security forces from boarding, as well as stopping passengers from fleeing. Policemen opened fire at him from outside the bus.

One of the terrorists was killed, while the other was wounded and neutralized.

An MDA paramedic who arrived at the scene of the attack described it as chaotic, saying gunfire was heard as rescue teams arrived.

On Malkhei Yisrael Street in Geula, a terrorist drove a car into a bus stop, hitting two pedestrians – one of which was killed and the other seriously wounded. The terrorist then left the vehicle and started repeatedly stabbing the two wounded.  A security guard who was nearby arrived at the scene of the attack and shot the terrorist, critically wounding him.

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The terrorist, an East Jerusalem resident with Israeli citizenship, was an employee of Israeli phone company Bezeq, and was using a company car to commit the attack.

DRAMATIC FOOTAGE *WARNINGָָ* from the car ramming

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A statement issued by Bezeq said: “We just learned that a Bezeq employee was responsible for the terror attack in Jerusalem this morning on Malkhei Yisrael Street. At this point we do not have all of the details, but it is clear this is a serious incident.

“Bezeq, and all of its employees, scorns this heinous crime. Our hearts are with the victims and their families.”

Wounded from both Jerusalem attacks were taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center and to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem.

Shaare Zedek received eight wounded: One of them was in critical condition and declared dead upon his arrival to the hospital; two were in serious condition, one of them already taken into operation; three were in moderate condition and two in light condition.

Hadassah Ein Karem received five wounded – two of them were the terrorists. One of the terrorists was declared dead, while the other was in serious condition. The other three wounded were the Jewish victims – one was critically wounded, one seriously wounded, and one light-to-moderately wounded.

Two attacks in main Ra’anana street

Four people were wounded in a stabbing attack at a bus stop outside the Beit Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center on Jerusalem Street in Ra’anana.

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After stabbing his victims, the terrorist, an East Jerusalem resident in his late 20s, fled towards Ahuza Street, a major thoroughfare in the Sharon plains city, pursued by civilians. A driver passing by noticed the chase and hit the terrorist with his car. A taxi driver who was at the scene helped subdue the terrorist.

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Large police forces who arrived at the scene arrested the terrorist, who was employed by a contractor doing construction at the nearby Beit Loewenstein. He was taken to hospital in serious condition.

“We saw the terrorist stabbing a helpless older man who was standing at the bus stop. We immediately knew it was a terror attack,” recounted two people working in one of the businesses in the commercial center, where the attack occurred.

“We immediately started calling out ‘Terrorist! Terrorist!’ He dropped his knife and started running towards the nearby Ahuza Street. We chased him and then he drew another knife, a smaller one, and kept trying to stab us,” they continued.

“We called out to drivers to help us and then they hindered his escape, and we managed to catch him on Ahuza Street along with other people. He received quite a beating. Only after he was neutralized, he let go of the knife, and then the police came and arrested him,” they said.

Other eye witnesses said the terrorist was wearing an orange vest.

At least one person was seriously wounded, suffering stab wounds to his upper body, including his neck, while the others were lightly-to-moderately hurt. The wounded were taken to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah.

In Kiryat Ata, a northern city near Haifa, a terrorist stabbed at least one person outside IKEA. The attacker has been subdued, while the victim’s was moderately wounded. Both stabber and victim are Jewish, but it remains unclear whether the stabbing was a nationalistic incident or a criminal one. Police were investigating the suspicion that the attacker wanted to stab an Arab, but mistakened the nationality of his victim.

Earlier, one Israeli was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in Ra’anana while waiting for the bus not far from the city hall on Ahuza Street.

A terrorist, resident of East Jerusalem, attempted to stab him. He fought off the terrorist and was hurt in the struggle. Other civilians came to his aid and helped him overpower the terrorist, who was lightly wounded.

Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the wounded Israeli, 32, to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba with stab wounds to his upper body.

Ra’anana mayor Ze’ev Bielski, who spoke to the victim, said the man told him he suspected the stabber.

“He said, ‘I saw there was something about him’ – and that is why the stab wounds were likely not where the stabber wanted and the victim fought him and managed to come out in reasonable condition,” Bielski told Ynet.

Large police forces from the Sharon plains district arrived at the scene following the attack.

Following the attacks, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holding him responsible for the attack.

“Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh has praised and glorified a 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist who set out with a butcher knife to murder Israeli children in a candy shop,” she said.

“The blood of Israeli citizens is on the hands of Mahmoud Abbas and his colleagues who are inciting children to commit murder. The Palestinian Authority, instead of preventing violence, has become an incubator for fanatic terrorism which is striking daily at Israeli citizens.”

Hotovely called on Israel’s government to consider halting money transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

“The Foreign Ministry urges donor countries to use their influence to effect a cessation in violence and incitement by the Palestinian Authority,” she added.

Overnight Monday, IDF and Judea and Samaria police forces arrested 15 wanted arab terrorists in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, who are suspected of involvement in terror activity and violent rioting against civilians and security forces.

The arrested arab terrorists, some of which are suspected of stone-throwing, were taken into questioning.

Tuesday’s attacks are the latest incident in a month long wave of attacks, the worst spell of street violence for years, stirred by Muslim anger over Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.

Since the Rosh HaShana last month, five Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a shooting, a stoning and a series of stabbing terror attacks.

At least 26 arab terrorists been killed by Israeli fire, including 10 attackers and the rest in violent clashes between rioters and Israeli troops. Hundreds of arab terrorists have been wounded in such confrontations.

On Monday, arabs carried out three stabbings in Jerusalem, leaving a teenage Israeli boy in critical condition.

The daily knife attacks have stoked concern of a new arab uprising and though Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have appealed for calm, the violence shows no signs of abating.

Palestinian groups have declared a “Day of Rage” on Tuesday across Judea, Samaria, Gaza and East Jerusalem. The leaders of Israel’s Arab community have called for a commercial strike in Israeli towns.

Second Stabbing in Ra’anana

Four people have been injured in a second stabbing attack in the central city of Ra’anana, shortly after a previous stabbing attack on Tuesday morning.

In the second stabbing of the day in the city, which took place on the corner of Yerushalayim Street and Ahuza Street, three passersby were lightly wounded and a fourth victim was seriously wounded.

The terrorist was apprehended by civilians and later arrested by police.

The terrorist worked at the nearby Beit Levenstein rehabilitation center.

Three murdered, dozens wounded in 4 attacks in Jerusalem and Ra’anana

Stabbing attack in Ra’anana

An Arab terrorist launched a stabbing attack in the coastal city of Ra’anana not far from Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning, leaving a 32-year-old man lightly wounded.

In the attack that took place on Ahuza Street in the city, the terrorist was neutralized by civilians who noticed the attack taking place and jumped him.

Magen David Adom (MDA) medical teams provided treatment to the victim before evacuating him to Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba. He suffered stab wounds to his upper body.

Video of the aftermath of the attack, showing the terrorist lying wounded on the ground at a bus station, can be viewed below.

An initial investigation by the police revealed that the terrorist, a 22-year-old resident of eastern Jerusalem, reached the bus station in a bus, and upon disembarking stabbed a man who was waiting at the station.

Civilians who were at the scene gained control over him until police forces arrived and neutralized him. The terrorist was evacuated to receive medical treatment.

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Dramatic video shows how crowd of passersby overcame terrorist knife man after the stabbing attack.

Just minutes after a stabbing attack in Raanana, near Tel Aviv, footage has emerged showing how a crowd of passersby quickly converged on the Arab terrorist and beat him until police arrived, after he wounded a 32-year-old man.

Several Jewish Israeli men can be seen kicking and stomping on the felled terrorist, who was tackled to the ground by pedestrians after carrying out the latest in the series of vicious attacks on random Jewish civilians and Israeli security forces by Arab-Muslim terrorists.

Police arrived at the scene soon afterwards and held back the angry crowd from reaching the attacker, who was transferred to hospital in serious condition, and has since been identified as a 22-year-old resident of Jerusalem.

UPDATE:

Police have caught the second terrorist from this morning’s (Tuesday) attack in Ra’anana. The suspect was found while trying to escape from the scene.

As a result, Routes 1 and 443 have been closed for traffic while authorities handle the situation.

The terrorist works at the Levenstein Hospital, which is located next to the site of the attack.

More information will be updated when it is available.

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