A 25-year-old male was lightly wounded and taken to a hospital. The attacker was overpowered and apprehended. He was soon identified as Tamer Younis Ahmed Vareidat, a 25-year-old resident of a village near Hebron with no criminal background.
The incident occurred at Jabotinsky Street. According to witness, reached the entrance of the mall, pulled a knife, and managed to stab one person before being overpowered by security guards.
Almost simultaneously, a 15-year-old Palestinian was arrested in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor after trying to stab Israeli special forces and border police officers in the area. The officers managed to overpower him, thwarting the attack. The Palestinian was sent for questioning.
Later in the evening, near Jerusalem, a vehicle driven by an East Jerusalem resident was stopped by police. As police examined the car, the driver began to drive away, hitting another car. Police began chasing the vehicle.
When the vehicle reached a checkpoint, border guards who had been alerted to the incident noticed the car. A guard approached the car, prompting the driver to attempt to flee by driving in reverse, hitting a car behind him. Apparently attempting to break free of the traffic jam, the driver began driving towards the border guard. The guard drew his weapon and fired at the driver, wounding him.
In Lod, not far from Tel Aviv, five protesters were arrested Wednesday night after they started pelting police officers with rocks, wounding one lightly. They were protesting what they called Israeli actions in al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. A Jewish counter-protest gathered in opposition, and eventually the Arab protesters started throwing rocks at police.
Meanwhile, the police commissioner in the southern city of Ashdod, Noam Shekel told citizens, "Whoever owns a gun should carry it."
The Petah Tikvah attack was the third knife attack of the day. Earlier on Wednesday, a Palestinian woman lightly wounded one person in Jerusalem's Old City.
Later, in Kiryat Gat, a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier and snatched his rifle before running for shelter in a nearby building, after which police shot him dead.