Man Wounded in Jerusalem Old City Stabbing Attack; Palestinian Assailant Shot

Nir Hasson
Yaniv Kubovich
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Israeli stabbing victim being taken away from the scene of the attack in Jerusalem's Old City, October 7, 2015. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
Nir Hasson
Yaniv Kubovich

A Jewish man was stabbed by a Palestinian woman in Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday morning, sustaining light wounds.  

According to the police, the assailant stabbed the man in the back. The man then drew his weapon and shot her. She was rushed to hospital in serious condition.

The man, in his 30s, was treated on the scene before being rushed to hospital in moderate condition. "When I arrived on the scene I found a man stabbed in his upper body miraculously, he was fully conscious," said Chaim Attias, a paramedic. 

The incident took place around 10:45 A.M. on Hagai Street, close to where two ultra-Orthodox men were stabbed to death by a Palestinian on Saturday. 

Hagai Street, the main street of the Old City's Muslim Quarter, is an important route for Jews heading for the Western Wall and Muslims on their way to the Temple Mount. Dozens of Jewish families, most of whom are associated with Ateret Cohanim, a group that has encouraged Jews to live in predominantly Palestinian neighborhoods of the city, also live on the street.

The street is apparently the most heavily guarded street in the country. On a regular basis it is protected by dozens of police and border policemen while security cameras survey every inch of the thoroughfare. 

This is the third stabbing attack to take place in Jerusalem this week. On Saturday evening, two Jewish men, Nehemia Lavi and Aharaon Bennett, were stabbed to death on their way to the Western Wall. Bennett's wife was seriously wounded and their son was lightly hurt. Israeli security forces shot and killed the Palestinian assailant. A few hours later, a Jewish teen was stabbed by a Palestinian on the corner of Neviim and Kheil Hahandasa streets, sustaining moderate wounds. The assailant was shot dead by security forces.   

Earlier on Wednesday, a woman was wounded when Palestinians threw stones toward her car on a road near Jerusalem on Wednesday.

According to the 38-year-old woman, who sustained light wounds to her head and arm, the assailants tried to force her out of the car, but she managed to flee. The stones broke the car's windshield.

The assailants damaged seven other cars in the same place, on the road between the Tekoa and Har Homa settlements.

Firebomb stock found

Overnight Tuesday, Border Police officers found 15 firebombs on the roof of a home in the A-Tur neighborhood of Jerusalem. The bottles were found on a roof.

The commander for the Kedma Border Patrol battalion in Jerusalem, Chief Superintendent Aviad Katafi, said that "this is an important find of firebombs that can endanger our forces We will continue to act with vigilance, both operationally and in terms of intelligence, in order to restore calm and uphold civilians' safety."

Meanwhile, assailants hurled two firebombs at vehicles traveling on Route 6, near Tira. No damage or casualties were reported. 

On Tuesday, six Israeli police officers were lightly wounded in central Jaffa Tuesday night when dozens of Israeli Arabs held a protest amid the recent Jerusalem and West Bank tensions.