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Israeli teen lightly hurt in Jerusalem stabbing attack

Police detain two East Jerusalem minors suspected of attacking 17-year-old near the Damascus Gate

Israeli security and rescue personnel attend the scene of a stabbing attack near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on January 30, 2016 (photo: Magen David Adom)
Israeli security and rescue personnel attend the scene of a stabbing attack near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on January 30, 2016 (photo: Magen David Adom)

A 17-year-old Israeli youth was lightly wounded Saturday afternoon in a stabbing attack at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The Israeli was said to be lightly wounded in the back in the attack, which occurred on Sultan Suleiman Street at around 5:35 p.m.

A police spokeswoman said two Jewish youths were attacked in Jerusalem by two Palestinian minors. “One was lightly wounded and the other managed to escape and alert the police,” she said.

The two attackers fled the scene, prompting a manhunt.

Police later announced the detention of two minors, both residents of East Jerusalem, who matched the descriptions of the attackers. The two were handed over for interrogation. Both are apparently aged 15, Channel 2 television said.

Police continued the manhunt, however, and did not immediately confirm that the two youths in detention were the attackers. The police also distributed an image of one of the attackers.

Image of a suspect in a stabbing attack on an Israeli teenager at Damascus Gate on January 30, 2016 (Courtesy)
Image of a suspect in a stabbing attack on an Israeli teenager at Damascus Gate on January 30, 2016 (Courtesy)

Magen David Adom paramedics administered emergency first aid at the scene of the attack before evacuating the victim to Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus.

The attack — the latest in a months-long wave of deadly Palestinian car-rammings, stabbings and shootings — came three days after an Israeli man was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in the West Bank.

Menachem Mendel Rivkin was walking to his car after a meal in the Givat Ze’ev settlement near Jerusalem when he was stabbed in the neck by an assailant. Rivkin has since recovered consciousness.

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