Shortly before noon on Monday Shuva Malka, a teenager on her way to her final high school exam, was stabbed and seriously wounded in the street in the northern Israeli city of Afula. The attacker was an Arab man in his 20s, from Jenin, who had entered Israel without a permit, illegally.
Shuva Malka underwent emergency surgery immediately after the attack and has been placed in intensive care.
Her attacker managed to flee, but after a brief manhunt was caught by Israeli soldiers. After ignoring calls to stop running, one of the soldiers fired a bullet at the man’s leg, stopping the terrorist in his tracks. He is currently being held in police custody.
“When we arrived on the scene, it was really chaotic,” said one of the medics who attended her. “There was an 18-year-old girl sitting on a chair at the entrance to a shop, she was conscious and suffering from multiple stab wounds to her upper body”.
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Video of the moment the stabber was apprehended by Israeli police
Malka who comes from Migdal Ha’Emek, another city in northern Israel, was on her way to an exam on “citizenship”, focusing on democratic and Jewish values, rights and obligations, when the stabber approached, said her mother, Michal.
Michal Malka said that her family anticipates and demand an “unequivocal” response from their government in order to allow children be able to walk outside freely, and called on the public to pray for her daughter’s recovery.
(The parents of Shuva Malka speak to the Israeli media after the terror attack. Screenshot)