Security Guard Seriously Wounded in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Assailant apprehended ■ The victim, a man in his forties, is reported to be fighting for his life

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Scene of stabbing at Jerusalem's central bus station, December 12, 2017.
Scene of stabbing at Jerusalem's central bus station, December 12, 2017.Credit: Judy Maltz
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A security guard was stabbed in central Jerusalem on Sunday in what police called a terror attack. The man was stabbed on Jaffa Street, at the entrance to the city's central bus station. The attacker has been apprehended.

According to emergency responders, the guard, 46-year-old man Asher Elmaliach, had been stabbed in the chest. His condition has been reported as critical and he is currently undergoing treatment in hospital.

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The terrorist, who has been identified as 24-year-old Yassin Abu Alkra'a, penned a Facebook post prior to setting out on the attack in which he wrote that "for Allah and for the honor of Al Aqsa we will shed our blood." 

The terrorist who carried out the attack on Jerusalem's central station on Sunday, December 10, 2017. Credit: Whatsapp

Israel Police have said that Alkra'a, a resident of the West Bank, arrived at Jerusalem's central bus station, at which point he pulled out a knife and stabbed the station guard before running away. A civilian and a police officer gave chase after the attacker and managed to catch him.

According to police, the attacker had a work license permitting him to work in area limited to West Bank territory east of the Green Line and west of the separation barrier. This means that he was not authorized to work within Israeli territory.

Outside Jerusalem's central bus station, December 12, 2017.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
The scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's central bus station, December 10, 2017.Credit: Judy Maltz

He has been evacuated to a nearby hospital, and is currently considered to be in very grave condition. 

The city has been on edge since U.S. President Trump's Wednesday speech, in which he recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Palestinians responded by declaring three days of rage.

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On Friday, two Palestinian protesters were killed and 98 were wounded in clashes around the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. A number of Palestinians were also arrested at Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, where skirmishes between Israeli police forces and protesters took place after tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers attended Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque at the Temple Mount compound.

Later Friday, three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. One rocket landed in the southern town of Sderot, one was intercepted my Israel's Iron Dome defense system and a third landed in the Gaza Strip. Two Hamas militants were killed in retaliatory airstrikes.

A n additional 22 Palestinians were wounded in clashes on Thursday. 

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