REHOVOT, Israel, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A 20-year-old Palestinian man confessed that he attacked civilians in the Israeli city of Rehovot with an ax Friday for revenge, police said.
A Shfela Police spokeswoman said the unidentified suspect, whose attack left two people with light wounds, allegedly confessed that he was seeking revenge for a friend who had died in the ongoing Gaza Strip conflict, The Jerusalem Post said.
Israel is currently conducting military actions against Hamas in response to scores of cross-border rocket attacks and other actions from Gaza.
The suspect allegedly stood in the middle of a busy Rehovot street and began attacking a passerby with an ax after yelling "God is great," police said.
The man is due in court Saturday to face related charges, the Post reported.
Ynetnews said officers passing by the scene of Friday's attacks arrested the man and handed him over to the Israeli security agency, Shin Bet.