The Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank condemned the Tel Aviv attack that led to the injury of eight Israelis, and also condemned the ongoing Israeli military escalation. The P.A said it condemns this attack, and also the recent Israeli military escalation and Air Strikes targeting the Gaza Strip, in addition to the Israeli attacks in the West Bank, and in occupied East Jerusalem.
In its statement, the P.A said that such attacks shed a light on the importance of the UN move this September, as the P.A intends to seek United Nations recognition of Palestinian Statehood in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with occupied East Jerusalem as the capital.
Israeli daily Haaretz reported, that the attack took place at 1:30 after midnight outside of a nightclub south of Tel Aviv; there were more than 2000 Israelis participating in a major event inside the club. Israeli Border Police was extensively deployed in the area to secure the event.
Haaretz added that the attacker left the stolen Taxi and managed to stab a number of people, policemen then arrested him inflicting some injurers on him in the process.The attacker is said to be from the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Palestinian man wounds eight Israelis in Tel Aviv
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:24:36
Israeli sources report that a Palestinian man attacked a crowd of Israelis outside a nightclub early Monday morning during a major event at the club, stabbing several of them with a knife.
The stabbings came after the man stole a taxi, then ran over a Border Police officer near the nightclub. A barrier had been set up by Border police outside of the Tel Aviv nightclub ‘Hoamin 17’ for a big party attended by 2,000 people.
The attacker drove through the barricade, then jumped out of the vehicle and began stabbing both police and partygoers, according to the Israeli police.
One employee of the nightclub told reporters with Ha’aretz newspaper, ‘We saw the taxi run into the barrier and we ran to help. We thought it was an accident.’
Border police added that they originally thought the driver was drunk, and drove through the barrier by accident. But when he pulled a knife and stabbed people with it while shouting ‘Allahu akbar (God is great)’, they say they realized it was a politically-motivated attack, and subdued the man.
He was taken to a Tel Aviv hospital with wounds sustained when Israeli border police subdued the man. Israeli authorities confirm that he is currently undergoing interrogation by Israeli intelligence services.,
According to Israeli police, the attacker, who resides in Nablus in the West Bank, hailed a cab in the city of Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, and then stabbed the taxi driver in the hand and stole the taxi.
The attack comes after a week of deadly Israeli airstrikes on Gaza that killed eighteen. A shooting attack against Israeli soldiers and civilians in southern Israel the previous week was initially blamed on Palestinians by the Israeli authorities, but was apparently carried out by Egyptians.