Israeli Elad Attack Victim Reportedly Stalled Assailants So Others Could Escape

© AP Photo / Maya AlleruzzoIsraeli forces secure the area of a stabbing attack in the town of Elad, Israel, Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Israeli forces secure the area of a stabbing attack in the town of Elad, Israel, Thursday, May 5, 2022. - Sputnik International, 1920, 06.05.2022
The assault on the park strollers was the latest in a series of attacks that has rocked Israel in recent weeks. With three victims, it brought the total death toll to 19.
Yonatan Havakuk, a victim of the assault on the park strollers in the Israeli city of Elad reportedly confronted one of his attackers to stall him and win some time for others to escape, his wife Linor Havakuk has said.
"My husband fought against them with great heroism and saved many lives. He fought with them for long minutes, which allowed many to flee the scene. God bless you, dear and beloved husband", Havakuk wrote in a social media post.
The funeral procession for him and two other victims will be held from the site of the attack, Elad's municipality announced.
Israeli security forces have announced a manhunt for two suspected perpetrators, 19-year-old As’ad Yousef As’ad al-Rifa’i, and 20-year-old Subhi Emad Subhi Abu Shqeir, who still remain at large. Police have called for residents to share any information about their possible whereabouts.
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The attack took place on 5 May, Israeli Independence Day, and left three people dead and three more seriously injured, one of them in critical condition. The two attackers, armed with a knife and an axe, attacked park strollers.
The Elad attack is just the latest in a series of assaults committed in Israel since March. The total death toll in these assaults approaches 20. They have recently been exacerbated by the tensions that erupted around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after Israeli authorities had limited access to it for Palestinians. Both Arabs and Israelis consider the Temple Mount a holy site and Palestinians visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque located there in numbers during the month of Ramadan.
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