Israeli Wounded in Second Stabbing Attack in 24 Hours by Jerusalem Checkpoint

Suspect apprehended after twin stabbings leave two Israeli men in moderate condition in the Hizma area

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Hizma security checkpoint in 2015.
Hizma security checkpoint in 2015.Credit: Emil Salman

An Israeli man was stabbed on Thursday morning at the Hizma checkpoint near Jerusalem, in a second, almost identical incident in 24 hours in the seam zone area. The military said both attacks were suspected to be politically motivated.

The man, in his 40s, was stabbed in the neck. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, in a stable condition.

Later Thursday afternoon, Israeli security forces, following intelligence from the Shin Bet security service, arrested a Palestinian man who they suspect carried out both stabbings.

The man, who is in his 20s, was apprehended by Border Police and IDF soldiers in the Shuafat refugee camp, and transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning.

On Wednesday, a Jerusalem resident in his 50s was also stabbed in the neck. He was evacuated to the hospital in a moderate condition.

The victim said the attack took place in the village of Hizma, located near the checkpoint.

The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said that an initial investigation into Wednesday's incident found that the man was stabbed from behind when he entered a shop in the village.

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