Israeli Policewoman Wounded in Attempted Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem's Old City

The perpetrator was apprehended

Israeli police close to Jerusalem's Old City.
Olivier Fitoussi

A 34-year-old policewoman was lightly wounded while preventing a stabbing in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday afternoon, the Israel Police said, adding the attacker was 12 years of age.

At around 4 P.M. the attacker reached the Chain Gate, which leads to the Temple Mount's mosques in the Old City, police said. He then pulled out a knife and tried to attack a patrol personnel. Security forces intervened to incapacitate him, at which point the policewoman was lightly wounded in her hand.

Emergency responders confirmed that they were treating a woman at the scene.

Police said that officers at the scene overtook the suspect who carried out the stabbing and detained him.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 22-year-old Israeli woman was stabbed in a bus station near the city of Modi'in.

The woman sustained light wounds in her upper body and was evacuated to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer after paramedics arrived to the scene. 

Israel Police said they arrested a 14-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank who is suspected of being involved in the incident.

This is a developing story...