Israeli Youth Lightly Wounded by Police Bullet in Aborted Jerusalem Stabbing Attempt

16-year-old Palestinian assailant currently wounded in moderate condition.

Site of Jerusalem stabbing attack on the corner of BarLev and Naomi Kis.
Lior Mizrahi

An 15-year-old Israeli girl suffered minor wounds to her leg Monday afternoon when police officers shot and wounded a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from East Jerusalem who was trying to stab police officers in the city. The incident occurred on Haim Bar-Lev Road, which bisects the northern part of the capital.

Magen David Adom paramedics gave first aid to the girl, before evacuating her to Hadassah University Hospital, Mount Scopus. A 29-year-old man was treated at the scene for shock.

Police said the attacker, who lives in northeast Jerusalem, sought to stab police officers who were stationed nearby. 

Officers noticed a young Arab male acting suspiciously. After they asked him for identification, they said later, he pulled a knife out of his pocket and tried to stab them.

One of the policemen shoved the would-be assailant. Another shot him, hitting him  in the leg. The police chased him, shooting him in the legs again.

None of the police officers were hurt in the incident, but the teenage girl was hit by what the police believe to be ricocheting bullet fragments.

The suspect was admitted to the city’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center in moderate condition with multiple gunshot wounds, and was questioned by security forces there.

The attack comes a day after an attempted stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Armon Hanetziv neighborhood. According to the police, a suspected assailant attacked a man with a knife at a bus stop, but failed to cause him any injuries. The attacker fled, and later a suspect was arrested in the vicinity.