Israeli man, 29, moderately hurt in Jerusalem stabbing
Palestinian assailant, 19, flees site of attack inside Old City’s Jaffa Gate, is caught after brief manhunt; victim hospitalized with stab wound in back
An Israeli man was moderately wounded Friday in a stabbing terror attack near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate.
The victim, 29, was hospitalized with a stab wound to his back.
A Haredi website, Kikar HaShabbat, said the victim was an ultra-Orthodox man, but did not identify him by name.
He was treated in the field and taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center by a Magen David Adom ambulance. He was fully conscious throughout the evacuation, MDA said.
Yechiel Stern, a volunteer EMT with United Hatzalah, spoke about the patient he treated.
“When I arrived on the scene I saw a fellow married student who learns with us in the Torah academy of Shuvu Banim who was stabbed in his upper body,” Stern said. “Aryeh Yards, who is a volunteer with United Hatzalah and a doctor, provided first aid treatment together with other volunteers who live near by, following which the injured person was transferred in an ambulance to hospital.”
The wound in his upper back “appears to be shallow,” said Dr. Bar Nor of Shaare Zedek’s trauma unit, and the victim is in “fair condition.”
The attack took place in the Ma’alot Chaldiyah alley near the Jaffa Gate, police said.
The attacker, identified as a 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank, fled the scene of the attack but was caught by police after a brief manhunt.
The suspect was found hiding in an alleyway in the Old City after being tracked using security cameras.
A police spokesperson said officers found the knife used in the stabbing on the ground near the site of the attack.
In all, 29 Israelis and four foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October. Some 180 Palestinians have also been killed, around two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.