Israeli soldier, Jewish grandmother stabbed in attacks in southern Israel

Marcy Oster

An Israeli soldier was stabbed at a bus stop in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.

Police said that Sunday’s attack by a foreign national near the city’s central bus station which was full of soldiers returning to their bases after weekend leaves, appeared to be nationalistically motivated. The stabber was shot by another soldier at the scene, who used the injured soldier’s weapon.  The attacker was seriously wounded and died hours later at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

The soldier, 20, was treated at the same hospital for stab wounds.

The attack in Ashkelon comes a day after a Jewish Israeli woman was stabbed in a suspected terror attack while she shopped at the local market in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel.

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The woman, a 65-year-old grandmother, was shopping with her family when she was attacked.

The attacker was not caught; it is not known if the assailant was a local Bedouin or a Palestinian from the West Bank who was working in the city.

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