Tuesday 27 September 2016

Israeli man 'pulled knife out' of his own body and used it to kill attacker amidst spate of Palestinian attacks

Raf Sanchez

Published 09/03/2016 | 14:40

Police examine a car used in a shooting in Jerusalem (AP)
Police examine a car used in a shooting in Jerusalem (AP)

An American tourist was stabbed to death in one of three separate Palestinian attacks against Israelis as US vice president Joe Biden arrived in Israel to promise "total, unvarnished commitment" to the country's security.

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Taylor Force (29), an US Army veteran, was killed and his wife injured during a stabbing spree in the port city of Jaffa, where Arabs and Jews usually live side by side in relative peace.

The attacker stabbed 9 other people in different locations before being shot dead by police.

The wounded reportedly include an Arab man and a pregnant woman.  

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Minutes earlier, a young Palestinian man wounded two Israeli police officers as he opened fire from a motorcycle in a drive-by shooting in East Jerusalem.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish onlookers stand near the car from which Israeli police said two Palestinian assailants carried out a drive-by shooting Credit: Ammar Awad (REUTERS)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish onlookers stand near the car from which Israeli police said two Palestinian assailants carried out a drive-by shooting Credit: Ammar Awad (REUTERS)

He was killed in an exchange of gunfire.

A Palestinian man also stabbed an Israeli in an off-license in the city of Petah Tikva.

The victim pulled the knife out and stabbed the attacker to death with it, according to Israel's Channel 10.

Earlier in the day a 51-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead after allegedly trying to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem.

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The violence made for a bloody start to Mr Biden's two-day visit.   

Speaking just a few minutes from the scene of the Jaffa attack, the US Vice President said: "We have absolutely, total unvarnished commitment to the security of Israel.”

There is no evidence that the attacks were coordinated, however police said it was possible that Mr Biden's visit was a "general trigger" for the violence.

US Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he delivers a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Jerusalem Credit: Debbie Hill (REUTERS)
US Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he delivers a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Jerusalem Credit: Debbie Hill (REUTERS)

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