An Israeli soldier was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a train station in Tel Aviv, in what police said was a possible terrorist attack.

The attacker, a Palestinian from the town of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, was arrested by police after a struggle which left the man "slightly injured".

He has been identified as 18-year-old Nour al-Din Abu Khashiyeh.

The victim, said to be in his twenties, was assaulted near the Haganah train station in central Tel Aviv.

Israel Defence Forces tweeted:

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the victim was taken to the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. He is said to be in a critical condition.

Eyewitnesses said the man was stabbed in the stomach and lost a lot of blood, Ynet reported.

Authorities said the attack was apparently politically motivated.

Israel police spokesman, superintendent Micky Rosenfeld, tweeted:

The incident came amid heightening tensions in the region, with several hit-and-run attacks carried out against Israelis by Palestinian militants in Jerusalem in recent weeks.

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