Israeli teenager injured in 2nd stabbing attack in Jerusalem
According to reports, a 15-year-old Israeli boy was seriously injured in a stabbing attack near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem early on Sunday.
The victim received wounds to his chest and back, according to Haaretz, and was rushed to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
דיווח: מחבל דקר נער כבן 15 סמוך לשער שכם בירושלים ונורה. המחבל ככל הנראה נהרג והנער נפצע באורח בינוני. pic.twitter.com/i5qUS14yrL— דוס מחמד ® (@bneibraki) October 4, 2015
Witnesses said that the assailant attempted to flee the scene, but was confronted by police and shot dead.
ראשוני: סמוך לשער שכם בירושלים מחבל דקר יהודי ונורה ... pic.twitter.com/W3Tm7riINX— Gilad Hadari (@GiladHadari) October 4, 2015
Earlier on Saturday, two ultra-Orthodox Jewish men were stabbed to death in a similar attack near the Western Wall in Old Jerusalem. The attacker, identified as 19-year-old Muhannad Halabi from Al Bireh, also seriously injured a toddler and a woman, who remains hospitalized in a critical condition.
DRAMATIC VIDEO: Moments of Arab terrorist being shot to death after stabbing Israeli man in Jerusalem minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/YX652q24m3— iPayMyJizyaWith.357 (@SonofLiberty357) October 4, 2015
“The terrorist approached a group of Jews, whipped out a knife and began stabbing,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. The Palestinian attacker grabbed a gun from one of the victims and opened fire on police and tourists, before being killed by an Israeli officer.
The Islamic Jihad has allegedly claimed that one of its militants carried out the attack.
“Mohannad Shafik Halabi, 19, is a member of Islamic Jihad,” a senior member of the Palestinian extremist group told AFP on condition of anonymity, after the group issued a statement hailing the attack and saying it was in response to Israeli “terrorist crimes” against Palestinians.
Medics & police on scene following new stabbing attack moments ago in Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/zI7V1jVGxM— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) October 4, 2015
Violence has risen in Jerusalem and West Bank in recent weeks. Israeli police and Palestinians have frequently clashed at East Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound. In response to the increase in violence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized the use of live ammunition last month, if needed, to quell the unrest.