Tel Aviv [RAW]
An American tourist has been stabbed to death and at least nine other people have been wounded by a Palestinian armed with a knife on a popular boardwalk in Tel Aviv, while US Vice President Joe Biden was in a meeting a few kilometres away.
The attack on Tuesday took place in the popular Jaffa port area, a favourite spot among tourists.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said four of the wounded had severe injuries.
“A terrorist, an illegal resident who came from somewhere in the Palestinian territories, came here to Jaffa and embarked on a run … along the boardwalk. On his way, he indiscriminately stabbed people,” Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai told Army Radio.
He said a police officer eventually caught up with the attacker and shot him dead.
Biden arrived in Israel late on Tuesday for a two-day visit, and was meeting former Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jaffa around the time of the stabbings.
Another three attacks by Palestinians were also reported on Tuesday.
In Jerusalem, a Palestinian opened fire at Israeli police on a crowded street, seriously wounding two officers, before being shot dead, and a 50-year-old Palestinian woman who tried to stab Israeli police officers was also shot and killed.
In the Tel Aviv suburb of Petah Tikva, a Palestinian entered a store and stabbed an Israeli. The injured man and the store owner together overpowered the attacker and fought him off using the same knife. The attacker died of his wounds, a police spokesman said.
Since October, Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car rammings have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans. Israeli forces have killed at least 177 Palestinians, 119 of whom Israel says were assailants.