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November 4, 2015 1:01 am

Rishon LeZion Fearful Following Knife Attack; City Reinforces Security Measures

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The aftermath of the multiple stabbing attack in Rishon LeZion  on Monday afternoon. Photo: Eyewitness cellphone shot.

The aftermath of the multiple stabbing attack in Rishon LeZion on Monday afternoon. Photo: Eyewitness cellphone shot.

The Israeli city of Rishon LeZion bolstered its security measures after a stabbing incident on Monday that wounded three Israelis.

According to Israel’s Channel 2 news, the city’s police force — 30 municipal patrol vehicles and 12 police cars — as well as security personnel working in Rishon LeZion will patrol the city’s schools and popular commercial areas, after the recent wave of terrorist attacks sweeping Israel again struck the bustling city just south of Tel Aviv.

A 19-year-old Palestinian man from Hebron on Monday stabbed three people before being overwhelmed by bystanders and ultimately arrested by police. One of the victims, an 80-year-old woman, was in serious condition. The other two victims, a man in his 20s and another in his 40s, suffered light stab wounds.

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The attack was one of two in central Israel on Monday, the other occurring in the coastal city of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, in which a Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Tulkarem stabbed and wounded an elderly man. Most of the dozens of such attacks that have occurred since the wave of violence escalated in late September have been in and around Jerusalem and in the West Bank.

Additionally, a tour guide was attacked in Jerusalem on Monday by a man who smashed a bottle over the guide’s head.

Rishon residents grumbled meanwhile at the security situation: “It takes something to happen before they raise security,” one resident told Channel 2.

“People are scared to go outside; we go home straight after work; we’re worried about our kids. It’s very scary. It takes a disaster to happen for them to do anything,” Liat, another resident, told Channel 2.

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