Israeli Seriously Wounded in Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem's Old City

Assailant, a 28-year-old resident of the West Bank village of Aqraba, killed at scene ■ Man in his 30s stabbed in upper body, taken to hospital

Israeli police officers at the entrance of the Temple Mount following a stabbing attack in the Old City, March 18, 2018.
Nir Hasson

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An Israeli was seriously wounded Sunday in what police are calling a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The assailant was killed at the scene.

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Magen David Adom emergency responders arrived at the scene, on Haggay St. near the entrance to the Temple Mount, and treated a man in his 30s with wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition. According to MDA, his condition has since deteriorated.

The assailant, 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel, is from the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus. Local residents told Haaretz that he was an introverted man who worked in a warehouse. His brother and uncle are part of Hamas' leadership in the West Bank, though he was not considered to be an active member in the organization.

The Israeli military said he had no background of security offenses, and he was not on the radar of the Shin Bet security service or Israel Police. He had a five-day permit to enter Israel, which began Sunday, to find work.

The attack comes two days after two Israeli soldiers were killed in a West Bank car-ramming attack.

Hamas commended the attack in a statement, saying it commemorated 100 days since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday that Israel would demolish the home of the Palestinian responsible for the attack.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on his Twitter account that he holds Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the attack.

Following the attack, the IDF may recommend to the government to change the security barrier’s route in the area of the attack, military sources said. If the barrier is ultimately moved it will split the village of Barta’a in two.