An 11-year-old Ramle boy injured in a stabbing attack Monday night was in good condition Tuesday, after spending the night in the intensive care unit of Assaf Harofeh Hospital. The youth’s stabber, a 17-year-old resident of an Arab neighborhood in Ramle, is in custody. Police are planning to ask for an extension of his remand.
The incident occurred late Monday afternoon, when the 11-year- old was walking home. Outside his house, the Arab approached him and asked for a lighter. When the boy responded that he did not have one, the Arab took out a knife and stabbed him in the shoulder. The boy ran upstairs and his mother called rescue workers, who took the boy to the hospital with moderate injuries. The Arab teen, meanwhile, was quickly found by police and taken into custody.
Last week, an Israeli security guard was injured in Ramle when two teenage girls drew knives and attacked him after they set off a metal detector and the guard questioned them about it, police said. The 25-year-old guard at the city’s mall near the central bus station, was lightly injured. He too, was taken to Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzifrin.
The two terrorists, whom police said were 13-year-old Arab girls and Israeli citizens, were arrested at the scene. A photo from the scene shared by police showed two kitchen knives on the ground beside a calculator, pens and other school supplies.
Ramle is a mixed Jewish-Arab town that has remained particularly quiet during the recent terror wave.
Overnight Monday, security officials said they had arrested 11 wanted security suspects in Yehudah and Shomron. The suspects were wanted for participating in rioting and throwing stones and firebombs that endangered Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers. Several of the suspects were also charged with belonging to Hamas. All were being questioned on their activities by security forces.
Early Tuesday, the Knesset passed on its first reading, a bill that will allow security guards to carry their weapons during non-work hours and outside of their place of work. The weapons could be used in case of a terror attack or other emergency. Under the bill, security guards who kill or injure someone during such a situation will be indemnified, meaning they will not be tried for any of the criminal charges that would otherwise apply – charges which they were liable to face up until now.
The bill passed by a vote of 28 MKs in favor and 23 against.