A Palestinian teen armed with wire-cutters wounded four people in a terror attack in Tel Aviv on Sunday and a Palestinian mother of nine stabbed a female soldier near Jerusalem early Monday morning as the country mourned victims of the Holocaust.
In Tel Aviv, the attack occurred in a touristy area, beginning in the lobby of the Leonardo Beach Hotel. The attacker, an 18-year-old teen from Nablus, stabbed three people in the hotel and then another person as he fled the scene. He was captured by police.
All four victims were lightly wounded. One of the victims tried to stop the attacker after he stabbed two women. He grabbed a sofa cushion in the hotel lobby to protect himself, but the terrorist overpowered him and stabbed him repeatedly.
The Palestinian teen was then seen on video chasing the fourth victim out of the hotel and into the street.
Just hours later, a Palestinian woman stabbed and lightly injured a female soldier at the Qalandiya checkpoint north of Jerusalem. According to the Israeli security service Shin Bet, the 41-year-old mother told investigators she was “fed up with life” and carried out the attack in hopes of being killed by Israeli soldiers.
Asya Kabaneh, also from the Nablus area, said that she and her husband were experiencing marital problems.
The 28-year-old soldier was lightly injured.
The violence that began in October 2015 had tapered off until, in the last few weeks these lone-wolf type terror attacks increased in frequency again. On Good Friday, a 20-year-old British university student was killed in a stabbing attack on the light rail in Jerusalem.
Israeli officials have said that many of the recent attackers have acted alone and some have even done so out of personal despair, hoping to be killed on the scene by Israeli police responding to the attack.