Three Wounded in Suspected Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

Palestinian suspect, 17, shot dead by police.

The scene of the stabbing in Jerusalem, April 1, 2017.
The scene of the stabbing in Jerusalem, April 1, 2017. Olivier Fitoussi

Three people were hurt in a suspected stabbing attack in the Old City in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon, according to the police and Magen David Adom emergency service.

The suspected assailant, a 17-year-old Palestinian, was shot dead. Palestinian reports identified his as Ahmad Gazal, a resident of Nablus.

According to the MDA, a police officer was moderately wounded and two civilians, aged 18 and 23, were lightly hurt in the incident. All were taken to local hospitals for treatment. 

According to the police, the suspect fled after stabbing the two civilians on Hagai Street. He tried to hide in a residential building but was chased down by police. An officer was wounded in the struggle with the knife-weilding suspect, who was then shot dead by another officer. 

On Wednesday, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem was shot and killed by police officers after pulling a pair of scissors and trying to stab a group of officers by the Old City's Damascus Gate.

More details to come.