Ultra-Orthodox man stabbed six times near Damascus Gate
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Ultra-Orthodox man stabbed six times near Damascus Gate

Two alleged Arab assailants flee the scene; police say attack racially motivated

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

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)

An ultra-Orthodox man was stabbed near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate in the Old City on Tuesday evening. The man said he was attacked by two Arabs, who fled the scene before police arrived.

The 30-year-old man was stabbed six times in his arms, waist and chest and was rushed to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital, covered in blood and in moderate condition.

The man was walking through the Muslim Quarter after praying at the Western Wall when he was assaulted. He described his assailants as two Arab-looking young men. Police determined that the attack was racially motivated and began searching the area for the perpetrators.

On Monday, an Israeli military court convicted Salam Zagal, a West Bank Palestinian resident, for the April murder of Evyatar Borowsky, a father of five. Zagal stabbed Borowsky in the chest while Borowsky was waiting for a ride at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank.

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