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Man lightly injured in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Assailant subdued after terror attack near Hanevi’im Street in ultra-Orthodox area of capital

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The scene of a stabbing attack on Jerusalem's HaNevi'im street, in which an Israeli man was lightly injured, on May 16, 2016. (Magen David Adom)
The scene of a stabbing attack on Jerusalem's HaNevi'im street, in which an Israeli man was lightly injured, on May 16, 2016. (Magen David Adom)

An Israeli man was lightly injured in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem Monday morning, police and rescue officials said.

The assailant, who fled the scene, was apprehended by officers without the use of force, a police spokesperson said.

The attack occurred on Hanevi’im Street, in an ultra-Orthodox area of the city.

Magen David Adom paramedics provided first aid to the victim, an ultra-Orthodox man approximately 30 years of age, before loading him into an ambulance bound for Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for further treatment, according to MDA.

Police officers stationed nearby, who rushed over after hearing calls for help, saw the terrorist knife the victim in the shoulder, a police spokesperson said.

The handle of a knife believed to have been used in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem on May 16, 2016. (Israel Police)
The handle of a knife believed to have been used in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem on May 16, 2016. (Israel Police)

The Palestinian suspect fled the scene and eventually ditched the knife used in the attack, which was later recovered by officers.

The suspect was an approximately 20-year-old Palestinian resident of the West Bank, the police spokesperson said.

The police officers’ commander, Haim Shmueli of Jerusalem’s Kedem Region, praised their “rapid response” to the attack and credited them with “preventing the injury of additional innocent civilians.”

Hanevi’im street, which leads from downtown Jerusalem to the Old City, has been the site of the several stabbing attacks by Palestinian terrorists over the years.

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Officials have recently pointed to a drop in the number of stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, the West Bank and elsewhere after a six-month spike starting in October. However, sporadic attacks have persisted.

On May 10, two elderly women were stabbed while taking a walk in a forested area in the south of the city.

Since October, 29 Israelis and four others have been killed and hundreds more injured in the spate of attacks. Some 200 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while carrying out attacks and the rest in clashes with troops, Israeli officials say.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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