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Israeli soldier stabbed in suspected Palestinian attack in Tel Aviv

Police said the attacker had stabbed the soldier several times.

Israeli policemen patrol outside an apartment building where a Palestinian man who allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier is questioned after his arrest in Tel Aviv, Israel, 10 November 2014. Picture: EPA.

JERUSALEM - A Palestinian stabbed and critically injured an Israeli soldier near a Tel Aviv train station on Monday, police said, as anti-Israel violence that has raised fears of a new Palestinian uprising in the making reached the country's business capital.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have festered over access to a Jerusalem compound housing Islam's third holiest site and where biblical Jewish temples once stood. Stone-throwing protests have also erupted in several Arab towns in Israel since Saturday, when police killed an Arab youth who assaulted them.

A spokesperson for the Magen David Adom ambulance service said the Israeli soldier, aged about 20, was rushed to hospital after Monday's stabbing in Tel Aviv.

"I saw the terrorist, in a red shirt and jeans, running in the direction of Levanda Street ... I chased him, and came back and saw the soldier writhing on the ground," a witness said on Israel Radio.

Police said the attacker had stabbed the soldier several times and they arrested a suspect, a Palestinian from the town of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. They said the assault was apparently politically motivated.

Five days ago, a Palestinian rammed his car into pedestrians in central Jerusalem, the second such incident of its kind in as many weeks, killing two Israelis. Police shot the driver dead.