One dead, 9 hurt in Tel Aviv stabbings as Joe Biden visits

A street cat passes blood and medical bandages close to the scene of another attack area on a sea side walking area in old Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 8, 2016.
A street cat passes blood and medical bandages close to the scene of another attack area on a sea side walking area in old Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 8, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

TEL AVIV (AFP) - An attacker stabbed 10 people along the Tel Aviv waterfront on Tuesday (March 8), killing one, as US Vice President Joe Biden flew into the city for a visit to Israel, police and medics said.

The attacker, who was not identified, was killed by police.

Police said the attacker wounded three people in the Jaffa port area, a touristic zone in Israel's commercial capital, before going on toward a restaurant and stabbing four others.

Israeli medical service Magen David Adom reported at least nine people wounded, while police said one person was killed.

Biden met former Israeli president Shimon Peres after his arrival at a location about a 15-minute walk from where the stabbings occurred.

A wave of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories since October has killed 183 Palestinians and 28 Israelis.

Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, according to Israeli authorities.

Others were shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes or demonstrations.

Biden is due to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Wednesday.