Two Israelis wounded in stabbing attack outside Jerusalem's Old City

Two Israelis wounded in stabbing attack outside Jerusalem's Old City

Jun 04, 2019
40-year-old Palestinian was also arrested with a knife hidden in his jacket at West Bank's Qalandia checkpoint

Two men were stabbed in an apparent terror incident at Jerusalem's Old City on Friday morning around 6:30 in the morning local time. 

The Palestinian assailant was "neutralized" by security forces on the scene, who shot him. He was reported killed a few hours after the attack. 

The 19-year-old Palestinian "terrorist" stabbed an Israeli man in the neck and head at the Damascus Gate, leaving him in critical condition, and proceed to navigated through the narrow alleyways of the Old City before stabbing another man, who was injured moderately, Israel Police spokesman Micki Rosenfeld told i24NEWS following the incident. 

One of the casualties was reportedly in serious condition after being stabbed in the head and neck. He was rushed to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center. 

“I saw a man in his 40's lying on the stairs near the Damascus Gate barely conscious and with stab wounds to the upper body. I gave him first aid — stopping the bleeding — and he was quickly put into a Magen David Adom intensive care ambulance,” one of the medics reportedly said.

The second injured was a 16-year-old who was stabbed in his back outside the Old City’s Hurva Synagogue and sustained light-to-moderate wounds before being taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, according to medics. 

The stabbing attack comes on the last Friday of the month-long Muslim fasting holiday of Ramadan, and some 200,000 Muslim observers were expected to arrive in the Old City for prayer. 

President Reuven Rivlin reacted on Friday, promising "to prosecute who commit or aid terror."

At around 9:00 AM local time, Israel Police said it arrested a 40-year-old Palestinian at the Qalandia security checkpoint in the West Bank who had a knife hidden in his jacket. 

Israel Police added heightened security in the Old City, but said that it would work to prevent further terrorist attacks while allowing people to come pray. 

Stabbing attacks in the old city have grown frequent in recent years, with Damascus Gate the most common site of attacks.

Palestinians and Israelis see the city as their capital and Trump's decision last year to recognize it as only Israel's capital sparked intense controversy and violence.

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