Police suspect terrorism as Jordanian assaults 2 Israeli coworkers in Eilat

Source: Police suspect terrorism as Jordanian assaults 2 Israeli coworkers in Eilat | The Times of Israel

Shin Bet to question suspect over hammer attack at port, which left victims seriously injured; second Jordanian man lightly hurt trying to restrain attacker

Illustrative image of the port of Eilat (Jorge Novominsky/Flash90)

Illustrative image of the port of Eilat (Jorge Novominsky/Flash90)

A Jordanian national employed at the Eilat port in southern Israel was arrested Friday on suspicion of attacking two Israeli coworkers with a hammer.

The two Israelis were badly wounded in the assault, police said.

The Jordanian man was arrested following the incident. Several hours later police said an initial probe had increased suspicions that the attack was a nationalistically-motivated terror act.

The suspect was handed over to the Shin Bet internal security service for further questioning.

In addition to the injured Israelis, who were brought to the city’s Yoseftal Hospital with head injuries, another Jordan worker who tried to restrain the attacker was lightly hurt, Hebrew media reports said.

The suspect, who was not named in reports, began working in Israel on Thursday after receiving a daily work permit from the Population and Immigration Authority, according to the Haaretz daily.

Israel in 2014 granted permission for 1,500 Jordanians to work in the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, which is located directly across the border from the Jordanian city of Aqaba.

 

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