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Guard Stabbed by 13-Year-Old Girls in Ramle Attack

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Police say incident likely terror; victim suffers light wounds; two Arab teens arrested after assault at entrance to bus station in central Israeli city

A security guard, 25, was lightly wounded after he was stabbed by two 13-year-old Arab girls in the central Israeli city of Ramle.

Police said the attack appeared to be nationalistically motivated.

Police said the two suspects, both minors said by police to be around 13 years old from Ramle’s Jawarish neighborhood, were arrested with knives in their possession. One was carrying a school backpack, a police spokesperson noted.

The stabbing took place at the central bus station located in the center of the working class city. The building also houses a mall and government offices.

Police are searching the attackers’ family homes in Jawarish, according to residents.

An initial police investigation found that the two girls approached the bus station’s entrance, where the guard asked them to identify themselves. They pulled kitchen knives out of their clothing and stabbed him in the leg and hand.

A soldier and an armed civilian quickly subdued the two. They were detained and taken to Ramle Police headquarters for questioning.

Magen David Adom rescue service medics treated the victim, and he was taken to the nearby Assaf Harofe Hospital with light injuries.

A medic who happened to be at the bus station said he ran over after hearing shouts of “terrorist.”

“I saw a young man, about 25, fully conscious and upset, with several stab wounds in his extremities. I gave him initial medical care, and in a few minutes ambulances arrived and took him to the hospital,” the medic said.

Iranian Leader Gives Out Medals for Detention of US Sailors

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Khamenei presents ‘conquest’ awards to navy commander and other senior staff for holding soldiers, approves promotions

Iran’s supreme leader on Sunday awarded “medals of conquest” to five naval commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for their arrest earlier this month of 10 US sailors whose two vessels strayed into Iranian waters.

Ayatollah Khamenei, whose duties also make him head of the army, presented the awards to Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi and other commanders, the Iranian Tasnim news agency reported.

He also gave the green light for others involved in the operation to be promoted.

The American sailors were detained on January 12 and released a day later. The US Navy said the crew members were returned safely and there were no indications they had been harmed while in custody, but the incident, and Iranian boasting about it, served to chill ties between Tehran and Washington that had recently thawed slightly.

Last week, Khamenei told the naval crew that had taken the American sailors captive that divine forces had delivered the seamen to Iran.

Iranian political and military leaders have repeatedly castigated the US over the incident, gloating about ostensible American panic, cowardice and lack of professionalism, and releasing a video showing soldiers being held at gunpoint and one sailor tearfully apologizing.

American officials have spoken out against Iran’s release of the video, including Secretary of State John Kerry, who brokered the deal to have the sailors released and called the footage “angering.”

The incident coincided with the lifting of international sanctions on Iran in the wake of last summer’s nuclear deal, but Khamenei and other senior Iranian figures have repeatedly emphasized that the deal does not mark a warming of Iran’s attitude to the United States. Read more at the Times of Israel.