Sunday, June 21, 2015

Policeman Critically Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing

An Israeli border policeman was critically wounded in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem Sunday morning. The officer was stabbed in the neck, but managed to shoot the attacker before collapsing.

According to an Israel Police spokesperson, the perpetrator was an 18-year-old Palestinian who lives in the West Bank. He was evacuated to Hadasah, Ein Kerem hospital in critical condition.

The stabbing comes amid recent tensions in Jerusalem over the past several days, particularly after incidents of stone-throwing around the Old City.

On Saturday, stones were thrown at a bus and a private vehicle, lightly injuring the driver. A 16-year-old Palestinian was later detained in relation to the incident.

Later Saturday night, a firebomb was thrown at the Beit Hanina-Neve Yaakov junction. However, the bottle missed and no one was injured.

This is the first attack in Jerusalem since late May, when two Jewish youths were stabbed by a knife-wielding assailant in Jerusalem’s Old City land hospitalized with light to moderate wounds. The suspect, a Palestinian man, fled the scene but was later apprehended by security services at his East Jerusalem home.

On Friday, an Israeli was shot dead and another was wounded near the Ein Buvin spring in the West Bank.

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