Two Israelis stabbed in Friday attacks in Jerusalem, West Bank
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Two Israelis stabbed in Friday attacks in Jerusalem, West Bank

Teen victim injured in capital; in Kiryat Arba, policeman lightly wounded in attack before stabber shot to death

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Emergency medical personnel at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on October 9, 2015 (Magen David Adom)
Emergency medical personnel at the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on October 9, 2015 (Magen David Adom)

Two Israelis were lightly injured in stabbing attacks in Jerusalem and the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Friday.

A Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli youth in the capital around noon, police said.

The attacker fled the scene. A suspect, matching the description of the attacker, was later caught by police. Early reports said he was an 18-year-old resident of Hebron in the West Bank.

The victim, 16, was lightly injured in the attack, according to emergency medical personnel at the scene. He suffered from stab wounds to his upper body, but was in stable condition, Magen David Adom paramedics said.

“When we arrived at the scene, there was a mass of people and security forces. They led us to a 16-year-old boy, who was fully conscious,” said Zohar Maman, one of the first paramedics to arrived at the scene. “He was walking around and complaining of pain in his shoulder. During a medical examination, we found multiple stab wounds. We gave him medical treatment and transported him to the hospital.”

The attack took place on Shmuel Hanavi Street, close to the site of a similar stabbing attack on Thursday.

Several minutes later, a Palestinian stabbed a police officer in Kiryat Arba, adjacent to Hebron. The officer was lightly wounded and the stabber was shot and killed by other officers.

Police said that he had tried to grab the officer’s gun after stabbing him.

Paramedics treated the officer, 47, at the scene before evacuating him to Shaare Zedek Medical center in Jerusalem, MDA said. He suffered from wounds to his limbs, police said.

The weapons used in the stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron in the West Bank, on Friday, October 9, 2015 (Israel Police)
The weapons used in the stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba, near Hebron in the West Bank, on Friday, October 9, 2015 (Israel Police)

Friday’s stabbings come amid a wave of such attacks against Jewish Israelis.

In all, seven Israelis were injured in four stabbing incidents on Thursday, including attacks in Jerusalem and Kiryat Arba.

On Wednesday, Israelis were hurt in three stabbings.

Those attacks came days after two Israeli men were stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem and an Israeli couple were gunned down in the West Bank in front of their four children.

At least seven Palestinians have been killed in the latest surge of violence, including four who were targeted while they were carrying out attacks against Israelis.

Earlier Friday, an Israeli teenager stabbed and wounded four Arabs in an apparent revenge attack in Dimona.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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