Palestinian arrested after bungled Jerusalem stabbing
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Palestinian arrested after bungled Jerusalem stabbing

Detained youth matches description of would-be assailant who lunged at Israeli at a bus stop in Armon Hanatziv

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

A photo of the knife used in a stabbing attempt in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem (Israel Police)
A photo of the knife used in a stabbing attempt in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem (Israel Police)

A young Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.

A large number of police officers were deployed to the area, and a suspect who matched the description of the assailant was detained, according to police.

There were conflicting reports of injuries, with the Magen David Adom emergency service saying no one was injured, while Hebrew media reported that one person sustained a very minor shoulder wound.

According to police, a Palestinian brandished a knife at a bus stop and lunged at an Israeli man standing nearby. The knife failed to cause any injury to the Israeli, police said.

The would-be attacker then escaped the scene.

The capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood was the scene of a deadly shooting attack in mid-October. Richard Lakin; 76, Haviv Haim, 78; and Alon Govberg, 51, died of their injuries after Palestinian terrorists opened fire on a bus in the area.

Earlier Sunday, an IDF soldier was moderately to seriously wounded in a shooting attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site, according to the army. The soldier had a bullet wound to her pelvis, according to the Magen David Adom emergency medical service. She was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

Palestinian media reported that the sniper fled the scene following the shooting.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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