A mall stabbing in Israel killed one and wounded another

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  • Stabbing in Karmiel Mall kills one, injures one
  • Suspect shot dead, identified as Palestinian citizen
  • Attack linked to ongoing Israeli-Palestinian tensions

A stabbing attack in a shopping centre in northern Israel killed at least one person and injured another, according to police, who also said the suspect was shot dead.

The attack occurred on the second level of the Hutzot Karmiel Mall in the northern Israeli city of Karmiel on Wednesday.

Gal Zeid, a spokesperson for Israel’s Galilee Medical Center, later revealed that physicians proclaimed one guy dead after failing to resuscitate him. The second person was sent to the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Police stated the suspect, who was not named but identified as a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Nahf, had been “neutralized” and that the event was being investigated as a potential “terror attack.”

According to Israeli media, the suspect’s family has been arrested, including his mother, brother, and sister.

A video published on social media and authenticated by Al Jazeera’s Sanad fact-checking unit shows individuals in the mall attempting to provide first treatment to an injured victim dressed in a green uniform.

According to Israeli radio, police closed the mall’s gates while conducting thorough searches and combing operations in the surrounding region.

Tensions between Israel and Palestinians have risen since its war on Gaza began in October of last year.

Israel has murdered approximately 38,000 Palestinians in its shelling of Gaza, as well as more than 500 in the occupied West Bank, where it conducts almost daily attacks.

Al Jazeera’s Nour Odeh, reporting from Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, said: “It’s impossible to separate what happens inside Israel in terms of the stabbing attack from the dynamics of occupation in the West Bank or the Gaza war.

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“Tensions have been rising, and they have been reaching boiling point,” Odeh warned of the frequent army raids, Jewish settlers’ rampages in Palestinian towns, and deadly street attacks.

Peace Now, an anti-settlement organization, reported on Wednesday that Israeli officials had approved the seizure of 12.7 square kilometres (4.9 square miles) of land in the occupied West Bank, the largest appropriation in more than three decades.

Since the beginning of the year, Israel has declared 23.7 square kilometres (9.15 square miles) of Palestinian territory as state land, according to the report.

All of this drives Palestinians to despair and fury toward Israeli policies that force people out of their homes and make their lives unpleasant, no matter where they are, Odeh said.

Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday that Israel’s war on Gaza has killed at least 37,953 people and injured 87,266 others since October 7.

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