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African refugees stabbed in presumed hate attack in Tel Aviv

Posted by Christopher Coen on August 1, 2012

African migrants have again come under attack in Israel. An attacker stabbed three Eritrean men in a south Tel Aviv video store yesterday. An article at the South African publication Times Live has the details:

An attacker stabbed three Eritrean men in a south Tel Aviv video store on Tuesday in what police said they were initially treating as a racist attack.

“All three people that were stabbed were taken to hospital with light to moderate injuries,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

“A suspect who was in the video shop at the time fled the scene. Police are searching for him.”

He did not give a physical description of the suspect, adding that police were currently examining CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses.

An eyewitness told an AFP photographer that the assailant was of Israeli appearance.

Rosenfeld said that while not ruling out other motives the main police avenue of investigation was that it was a hate crime.

“That’s the main direction, as all three of them were stabbed,” he said. “If it had been just one of them stabbed it could have been an argument between them.”… Read more here

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