According to initial reports, at approximately 11:00 am an argument broke out between the suspect and another Sudanese national at the corner of Bnei Brak and Neve Sha'anan streets in south Tel Aviv. The suspect took out a knife and began stabbing his compatriot. Witnesses, including three Israelis, tried to stop the attacker, yet he retaliated by stabbing passersby, including 67-year-old Yaakov Omrad of Kiryat Ono, who was seriously injured.
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A witness whose brother was injured in the incident said "it is a crazy thing when you get up in the morning, open your place of business and see a man running in a state of frenzy with a 15-inch knife and beginning to stab every passerby, one of whom happened to be my brother. The neighbors tried to stop him but he was in a crazy state."
Police investgators at the scene of the incident (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
The witness added "there are businesses here active for 40 years which the patrons stopped visiting because of these things. They are scared, and who can blame them. We keep on opening our businesses in the morning but the situation is insufferable. It's a disgrace for the State of Israel that our customers can no longer come here."
Another witness said "the feeling is a difficult one. There are stabbings here, there are junkies, but today's incident is crossing a line."
The Neve Sha'anan neighborhood saw another stabbing attack last month where an Eritrean citizen was stabbed dead. His suspected assaulter was arrested.
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