Residents of the usually tranquil city of Arad are struggling to come to terms with a stabbing attack by Muslim terrorists, that claimed the life of a 19-year-old IDF soldier Thursday night.
People from across the southern city, which had not, until Thursday, been struck by the wave of terror, flocked to the scene to lay flowers and light candles where Ron Yitzhak Kukia—a 19-year-old soldier from Tel Aviv who served in the Nahal infantry brigade—was stabbed to death by Muslim terrorists while waiting for a bus outside a mall.
“We came to light a candle to remember Ron. If yesterday it was just a soldier, today he has a face. Ron, who is 19, whose (only crime—ed) was to stand by a bus stop.”
Ilana Krispel was sitting with her family when she heard about the attack. “Suddenly I saw on Facebook that there were loads of policemen and ambulances. My friend who lives nearby told me that they had stabbed a soldier,” she recalled.
“I wouldn’t let me children go out and I closed the doors. This is the first time that something like this has happened in Arad,” she continued. “I hope it’s the last time. I am upset for the soldier and his family.”
Another resident, Ayala Schwartz, who also visited the scene of the murder to light a candle for Kukia, described her feelings after the usually calm city had been subjected to the horrors of terror.
“I was in an emotional turmoil. It is a difficult experience for everyone in the country,” she said. “A life that was plucked so prematurely and in such a cruel way. It is a feeling of helplessness, but also one of togetherness.”
More than 250 policemen and soldiers were deployed across Arad on Friday morning, while security forces combed the city, determining that the terrorist or terrorists responsible for the attack were no longer in the area.