Israeli Lightly Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing, Palestinian Assailant Shot

The attacker, a resident of East Jerusalem, stabbed a man who was exercising, police say

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Police at the scene of the suspected stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Saturday
Police at the scene of the suspected stabbing attack in Jerusalem on SaturdayCredit: Israel Police
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

An Israeli was lightly wounded on Saturday in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, police said. The assailant, a Palestinian resident of the city, was shot by officers at the scene and was taken to hospital in serious condition.

The stabbing victim, a 35-year-old man, was exercising on Hebron Road, on the seam line between West and East Jerusalem, when he was attacked, according to police.

The two began scuffling, at which point, police said, passersby came to the Israeli man's help. 

When police officers arrived at the scene, they said the 28-year-old assailant was lying on the ground, but then got up and moved toward them. An officer then fired at his lower body.

The stabber's family told police that he was mentally unstable.

The Justice Ministry's department for the investigation of police officers has launched a probe into the shooting.

First responders said the victim was conscious and sitting on the sidewalk when paramedics arrived. 

Following an uptick in attacks, Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev took to Twitter last week and said: “In the coming weeks, and until after Ramadan, terrorists and radical groups will try to ignite this area. The police and the Border Police will be alert and ready.”

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