On Tuesday, in the worst terror attack on Israeli civilians in almost six years, an Arab terrorist murdered four people and wounded several others in Beersheba.
Israeli police stated that the murderer was 34-year-old Mohammad Ghaleb Abu al-Qi’an, an Arab Israeli citizen who lives in the Bedouin Arab town of Hura and had served four years in prison for planning to join ISIS in Syria but was released in 2019. Police said the terrorist stabbed a 40-year-old woman at a gas station, then drove his car into a cyclist, then got out of the car and stabbed several people at the BIG shopping center.
Magen David Adom stated, “At 4:15 p.m. MDA’s Negev hotline received a report regarding a number of wounded on Derech Hevron and Yitzhak Nafha Street in Be’er Sheva. MDA paramedics are at the scene providing medical treatment to a number of people suffering various levels of injury, including serious. MDA paramedics at the scene are declaring the death of a woman aged about 40 and evacuating to Soroka Medical Center three victims, including a man of about 60 and a woman of about 35 in critical condition, and a woman of about 40 in moderate condition,” Israel National News reported.
“The terrorist was confronted by an armed bus driver, who attempted to get him to lower his weapon, footage from the scene showed. The attacker lunged at the driver, who shot him several times alongside a second armed Israeli civilian. Israeli first responders reported that the stabber died from his gunshot wounds,” The Times of Israel reported.
The 40-year-old woman died at the scene, the cyclist and two of the stabbing victims died at Soroka Medical Center. The remaining two victims were in serious but stable condition at the hospital.
“The Hamas terror group praised the stabbing attack, saying it ‘salutes the executor of the heroic operation in occupied Beersheba,’” The Times Of Israel noted. Hamas spokesperson Abd al-Latif al-Qanou declared, “The occupation’s crimes shall be met with heroic operations: stabbings, rammings and shootings.”
Soroka Medical Center stated, “In the trauma room at the Soroka Center for Emergency Medicine we are now treating two women from the Be’er Sheva stabbing attack. Both of them are considered to be in serious condition and suffer stab wounds to their backs. The trauma room staff is prepared with reinforcements to provide solutions for others who were injured, if such people arrive.”
Soroka Deputy Director Dr. Dan Schwarzfuchs said, “We received a notice of an incident with a large number of victims. People came to us with very serious wounds. One arrived lifeless, and two others in critical condition. We did everything we could, but we did not succeed.”