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Two arrested for stabbing ultra-Orthodox man

Suspects from East Jerusalem confess to last month’s attack at Damascus Gate

Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk toward Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, May 2010. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Ultra-Orthodox Jews walk toward Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, May 2010. (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Jerusalem police arrested two residents of East Jerusalem on Monday on suspicion of stabbing an ultra-Orthodox man last month in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The attack took place on July 16, which was Tisha B’Av, the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av. Every year on that day Jews around the world fast to commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. 

The victim was walking through the Muslim Quarter after praying at the Western Wall when he was assaulted near Damascus Gate in the Old City. He was stabbed six times in his arms, waist and chest and rushed to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital, covered in blood and in moderate condition.

The suspects confessed to the assault, and were to be indicted in the Jerusalem District Court on Monday.

Adiv Sterman contributed to this report.

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