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Three Palestinian youths are believed to have stabbed an American Jewish student in the face near the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem late Saturday.

The victim, 19, was later hospitalized in light-to-moderate condition.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld says the student told police he was lost on a Jerusalem road late Saturday and stopped the men for directions.

The student identified the men as Arabs and said they attacked him with a knife, slashing his face and neck.

Rosenfeld did not give the student's name or age, saying only he was enrolled at the city's Hebrew University. The university had no immediate comment.

In a separate incident Sunday morning, a 20-year-old Israel Defense Forces soldier fought off an assailant who tried to stab him in Jaffa.

The attacker later fled, after which police embarked on a manhunt to find him.

The soldier was unharmed in the attempted stabbing, the motivation of which is still being investigated.