Scene of the attack in Rosh Ha'ayin
Scene of the attack in Rosh Ha'ayin Magen David Adom

A female Arab terrorist on Sunday tried to stab civilians and succeeded in wounding one victim in the coastal city of Rosh Ha'ayin, located southeast of Tel Aviv, before being neutralized. The stabbing has yet to be officially classified as a terror attack.

The incident took place on Hamalakha Street in the city, where a female Arab suspect with two knives was arrested. 

She had tried to stab passersby and lightly wounded one woman aged around 30. The victim was fully conscious and received treatment from Magen David Adom (MDA) medical teams.

Video from security cameras at the site show how civilians rushed to try and apprehend the Arab woman and prevent her from continuing to stab, and one driver tried to knock her over with his car to stop her. Witnesses report she shouted: "I'll kill you!"

According to the police, a security guard in the city's industrial region overpowered her, knocking the knife from her hand without opening fire. She had another knife in her bag.

Police noted that the stabber is being investigated to understand her motives.

The industrial zone is located between Rosh Ha'ayin and Kfar Qassem, an adjacent Israeli Arab city.

Senior MDA medic Eli Fakhter who treated the wounded victim said, "when I arrived on the scene security forces led the wounded to the ambulance while she was fully conscious and suffering from a stab wound to (her) limbs."

"Immediately I gave her initial medical treatment including bandaging and stopping the bleeding, and I evacuated her quickly to Beilinson Hospital while her status was defined as lightly wounded and stable."

The attack is the first since a stabbing in Hevron two weeks ago on Wednesday, which came amid preparations and celebrations for Purim. In that attack two Arab terrorists stabbed a soldier before being shot dead.

One was shot by a soldier as he lay wounded on the ground, and the soldier currently is being tried for manslaughter over the incident - he argues that there were concerns the terrorist had a bomb belt hidden on him, in a version of events that has been backed by the MDA and an IDF investigation.

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