Two people were injured as a result of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Friday.
According to police, an Israeli man in his 20s sustained moderate injuries after being stabbed near the Ammunition Hill light rail station on Bar-Lev Street by a 23-year-old resident of Kfar Akeb in East Jerusalem. A second man was injured by police gunfire when security forces tried to subdue the attacker, who was shot and critically wounded.
“From our initial investigation we believe that a terrorist armed with a knife arrived at the station and stabbed a civilian, injuring him. He then attempted to stab another civilian, but did not succeed,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri said.
“Light rail guards that were on the scene, other civilians and Border Police officers that were nearby subdued the terrorist. As a result of the gunfire, an additional civilian was injured, with a gunshot wound to the leg,” Samri said.
The victim with the stab wounds was treated on the scene by paramedics before being taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center. According to Magen David Adom, he was in stable condition.
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MDA medic Boaz Allinson said the man was fully conscious when first responders arrived at the scene.
On the way to hospital, according to Allinson, the victim said he saw the attacker coming at him with a knife and tried to flee but was overtaken and stabbed.
The second victim was lightly to moderately injured by the gunfire, MDA said.
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The incident was the first in Jerusalem since October 17 when a Palestinian teenager tried to stab Border Police officers in Armon Hanatziv, and the second attack of the day Friday.
Earlier, two Palestinian men attempted to stab a group of Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank and were shot by security forces. One died of his wounds and the other was in critical condition, according to police.
The Border Police troops were not hurt in the attempted attack.
According to a police statement, the two Palestinians arrived at the junction on a motorcycle, dismounted and advanced toward a Border Police officer with knives in hand. Another officer spotted the two and opened fire at them.
The incidents were the latest in over 60 separate attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces over the past month. Ten Israelis have been killed and dozens wounded in a spate of terror attacks by mainly Palestinian assailants since October 1.