2 lightly wounded in stabbing, vehicular attack in Jerusalem

Assailant shot dead by soldier in Romema neighborhood, near western entrance to city

Police at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on December 6, 2015. (Screen capture: Channel 2)
Police at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on December 6, 2015. (Screen capture: Channel 2)

Two people were lightly wounded in an apparent combined stabbing and vehicular attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Romema Sunday evening.

The assailant was shot and killed by security forces at the scene, on Yirmiyahu Street in the ultra-Orthodox area, moments after the attack.

According to initial reports, the assailant first attempted to ram his car into a crowd of people. After apparently crashing his car without hitting anyone, the suspect then exited the vehicle and began slashing at a 65-year-old police volunteer.

The attacker was then shot and killed by a soldier who happened to be at the scene. He was identified by police as a 21-year-old East Jerusalem resident.

The police volunteer suffered mild stabbing wounds to his shoulder and was treated by a medical team that arrived at the scene. He was later transferred to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the city.

A second man, 20, was also rushed to Shaare Zedek after suffering light wounds when he was hit by a car. It was not clear if the vehicle that hit the 20-year-old belonged to the suspected assailant, or to an uninvolved individual.

Despite the proximity of the suspected attack to the main entrance of Jerusalem, the surrounding streets were all open to traffic.

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The Romema area has seen a number of stabbing attacks during the two-month-long wave of violence that has rocked Israel and claimed nearly two dozen victims.Over 100 Palestinians have also been killed in the violence, many of them assailants, according to Israel.

The car used in the stabbing attack on Jerusalem's Yermiyahu street on December 6, 2015. (Israel Police)
The car used in the car-ramming and stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Yirmiyahu Street on December 6, 2015. (Israel Police)

On Saturday, an 18-year-old Palestinian woman was arrested in the West Bank city of Hebron after pulling out a knife in a suspected attempt to carry out a stabbing attack.

Members of the Israel Police and Border Police stationed at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the city were carrying out a routine security check when one of them noticed that the woman was gripping a knife in her hand.

The officers drew their weapons, and disarmed and arrested the woman. She was taken away for questioning.

On Friday, three IDF soldiers were wounded in two separate attacks in the West Bank.

Two soldiers were lightly hurt when a Palestinian driver plowed his car into them north of Ramallah. The driver was shot and killed at the scene of the incident, near the village of Silwad. Channel 10 television named the terrorist as 21-year-old Silwad resident Anes Hamad.

A short time earlier, a soldier was lightly injured in a stabbing attack near the Palestinian village of Abud, northwest of the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The suspected Palestinian attacker was shot dead at the scene of the incident, the IDF said in a statement. He was later identified as Abdel Rahman Barghouti, 26, a Palestinian resident of Abud.

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