The 62-year-old bus driver, Herzl Biton, who was seriously wounded in the Tel Aviv stabbing attack on Wednesday has regained consciousness and is on the road to recovery according to medical staff at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.
Despite progress in Biton’s condition, he is still attached to a respirator and in serious condition – he underwent emergency surgery. The veteran bus driver was repeatedly stabbed in the stomach which caused damaged to his inner organs.
Along with Biton in the intensive care unit (ICU), is a 69-year-old woman, one of Biton’s passengers on Bus 40, who is in serious condition and still fighting for her life.
The stabbing attack began on Wednesday morning at 7:30 am when a terrorist armed with a knife began stabbing passengers on the bus which has a route that begins in Bat Yam and ends at Tel Aviv University.
After stabbing numerous individuals on the bus, and undergoing a struggle with Biton, the terrorist, Hamza Matrouk, exited the bus and began stabbing civilians on the street near the Beit Ma’ariv bridge – a mere 5 minute walk from Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard.
Prison guards belong to the Nachshon unit who happened to be in the area apprehended Matrouk by shooting him in the leg. During preliminary questioning, Matrouk claimed he carried out the attack as a response to Operation Protective Edge, recent tension at the Temple Mount, and after viewing Islamic channels which praised “reaching heaven.”
Several of the civilians wounded in the attack said that the quick thinking of Biton helped them escape the bus before the attacker could reach them. As mentioned, Biton put up a fight with the attacker and afterwards slammed on the breaks which jolted Matrouk, who was on his way to the back of the bus crowded with passengers, and enabled many passengers to escape. Read more at YNET NEWS.