American Tourist Killed in Stabbing Attack in Israel

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish burial society cleaning up blood and medical bandages at the scene of a stabbing attack in old Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, Israel, March 8, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jim Hollander/EPA)
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish burial society cleaning up blood and medical bandages at the scene of a stabbing attack in old Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, Israel, March 8, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jim Hollander/EPA)

An American tourist was killed in Israel today in a stabbing attack carried out by a Palestinian from the West Bank, according to Israeli police.

Video shows the attacker running up a main street against traffic, frantically stabbing as he ran.

The attacker was shot and killed, Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted. A knife allegedly used by the attacker was recovered, Rosenfeld wrote.

The Israeli police said ten people were hospitalized.

A senior State Department official said it was aware of the report that an American citizen had been killed and the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv was working to obtain more information.

The attack occurred in Jaffa, a city just south of Tel Aviv.

Vice President Joe Biden, who is visiting Israel, said in a statement that the “brutal attack” occurred while he was in Tel Aviv meeting with former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Emily Shapiro