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Israel: Car-ramming and stabbing near Tel Aviv wounds several bystanders

Police brand the incident 'serious' but could not determine whether the attack was 'terror-related'
Israeli security officials respond to a suspected ramming attack in Raanana, Israel January 15, 2024 (Reuters/Nir Keidar)
Israeli security officials respond to a suspected ramming attack in Raanana, Israel, 15 January 2024 (Reuters/Nir Keidar)

At least 14 people have been wounded after a car-ramming and stabbing attack near Tel Aviv on Monday, according to Israeli police.

The incident took place in Raanana, a city near Tel Aviv, and was described as a "serious" and "unusual" incident by police.

Israel's emergency services said a 70-year-old woman, a 34-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were in a serious condition.

"Following a serious incident unfolding in Raanana, police forces are on site, and the circumstances are being investigated," Israeli police wrote in a post on social media.

"The public is urged to remain vigilant and follow the instructions of the police."

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They added that they had not determined whether the attack was "terror-related".

Army Radio cited witnesses as saying the incident may have been a car-jacking, during which the stolen vehicle crashed.

“We heard the noise of a crash, like a car bumping into another car,” one witness told Army Radio, according to the Times of Israel.

“We saw the driver go to stab a woman and she ran away, and [the driver] went and stabbed a 60-year-old man while there were a bunch of screams in the background, until he fell on the ground.”

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