Tel Aviv police have yet to arrest the suspect after spending all night searching for him. An initial investigation suggests the girl was walking in the promenade area with a friend when a dark-skinned man attempted to steal her cell phone.
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The girl resisted, prompting the man to pull out a knife and push it into her stomach, hoping she would let go of the phone. He then escaped the scene with the device while the girl fell to the ground with the knife lodged inside her stomach.
Fortunately, there was no significant internal organ damage. Magen David Adom paramedics called to the scene decided not to pull the knife out and rushed the girl to the hospital where doctors removed the weapon and handed it over to the police. Officers are hoping to use DNA from the knife to track down the suspect.
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