JERUSALEM—An Israel Defense Forces soldier and an Eritrian asylum-seeker were killed, and 11 people wounded, when a terrorist stabbed a soldier, grabbed his rifle and opened fire late Sunday in the central bus station in the southern city of Be’er Sheva. The asylum-seeker was mistakenly shot and killed by security forces responding to the attack.

According to eyewitnesses, the terrorist arrived at the station armed with a gun, a knife and ammunition, and started attacking people. He tried to stab a woman, who sprayed him with pepper spray, after which he shot and killed Cpl. Omri Levi, 19, of Sdei Hemed, then stole his M-16 rifle and started shooting randomly.

Five people were seriously wounded, four were moderately wounded, and two were lightly injured. The terrorist, who was shot and killed by security forces while attampting to escape, has not been named yet by authorities.

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“We arrived to the scene en masse and spread throughout the station to look for victims,” said Gadi Abuchatzira, deputy head of the Magen David Adom Negev Region. “We did a triage and began giving life-saving treatment. Two of them had wounds to their upper bodies; they were unconscious.”

The victims were taken to Soroka Medical Center for treatment.

As crowds of residents gathered outside the bus station, Be’er Sheva mayor Ruvik Danilovich called on the city’s residents “not to take law into their own hands and let security forces do their job,” and urged them “to remain vigilant.”

Today’s attack brought the total of Israelis killed since the beginning of October to eight, with scores wounded.

It followed a weekend that saw seven stabbings or stabbing attempts in Jerusalem, Hebron and elsewhere, as well as other violence by Arab mobs in Judea and Samaria. Early Sunday, IDF troops had to rescue a group of yeshivah students from Jerusalem who had gathered at Jospeh’s Tomb in the historic city of Shechem (Nablus) in response to Friday’s terrorist arson there.

Israeli soldiers had to rescue a group of yeshivah students early Sunday who had gathered at Jospeh's Tomb in the historic city of Shechem (Nablus) to protest Friday's terrorist arson there.
Israeli soldiers had to rescue a group of yeshivah students early Sunday who had gathered at Jospeh's Tomb in the historic city of Shechem (Nablus) to protest Friday's terrorist arson there.

Continued Calls for Mitzvahs, Torah Study and Prayer

In addition to prayers for the wounded, there were also calls by rabbinic leaders around the world for increases in Torah study, prayer and other mitzvahs, in addition to donning tefillin. For suggestions of what Jewish people around the world can do to help their brethren in Israel, read the article 7 Things You Can Do for Israel Today here.

The tefillin campaign comes in light of instructions given by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, who had issued a similar call during other dangerous times in Israel. Before the outbreak of the June 1967 war, for example, the Rebbe prompted an active campaign for Jewish males over the age of 13 to perform the mitzvah of tefillin.

Wrapping tefillin is part of the Rebbe’s 10 mitzvah campaigns introduced between the years of 1967 and 1976, which formed the platform upon which the Rebbe’s far-reaching program to revitalize Jewish life and observance throughout the world was built.

The laying of tefillin instills fear in the enemy, explain the sages of the Talmud, quoting: “Then all the peoples of the earth will see that the name of the Lord is called upon you, and they will fear you.” (Deuteronomy 28:10).

As violence continues, the Chabad Terror Victims Project (ctvp.org) released an updated list of those injured in recent terrorist attacks.
As violence continues, the Chabad Terror Victims Project (ctvp.org) released an updated list of those injured in recent terrorist attacks.

Chabad Terror Victims Project Releases New List of Injured

As attacks continued, the Chabad Terror Victims Project (ctvp.org) released an updated list of those injured in recent terrorist attacks on Friday.

The public is asked to continue their prayers for their speedy and complete recovery. It is customary for petitions for recovery to be recited in synagogue on the Sabbath and on other days when the Torah is read in public.

Here is a list as of Friday, Oct. 16. Names will be added and deleted as they become available.

Odel bat Miryam

Natan ben Odel

Moshe ben Orli

Meir Yitzchak ben Sarah Imeinu

Aharon Moshe Chaim ben Chaya Chana

Dvir ben Shoshana

Avraham ben Rut

Ron Shai bat Sigalit

Adi ben Rut

Niv ben Yardena

Moshe ben Daisy

Meor Ephraim ben Fortuna Daniella

Moshe ben Edgach

Liat bat Yael

Orla bat Limor

Yosef Chaim ben Zahava

Neur Shalev ben Rut Elisheva

Yom Tov Lipa ben Roiza

Yair ben Rozina

Samuel Ono ben Antonio

Shoshana bat Lulu

Moshe ben Bracha

Maya bat Ilana