Soldier Lightly Wounded in Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

Security guard who arrived at the scene seized assailant until police arrived; 21-year-old soldier transferred to hospital in stable condition.

The scene of a stabbing attack at the entrance to Jerusalem on Sunday, December 27, 2015.
Magen David Adom

A soldier was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack on Yirmiyahu Street at the entrance to Jerusalem on Sunday morning, while his alleged attacker was arrested by the police.

Paramedics treated the soldier for wounds to his upper body and transferred him to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, according to Magen David Adom. The soldier was fully conscious and in stable condition.

According to MDA paramedics, "a fully conscious 21-year-old was lying on the pavement, passersby were trying to help him and began to stop the bleeding. He was suffering from a stabbing wound to his upper body."

A security guard who arrived at the scene seized the assailant until police arrived, according to police.

Later, Hadassah University Hospital reported that "a 21-year-old soldier who was wounded by a stabbing to his upper body in a stabbing attack on Hatzvi Street in Jerusalem was transferred to the trauma unit. His condition is light and stable."

On Saturday afternoon, a 20-year-old Israeli soldier was lightly wounded in a car-ramming attack in the town of Hawara just south of Nablus in the West Bank.

The assailant, 56-year-old Maher al-Jabi, was shot on the scene and later succumbed to his wounds as the Israeli victim was evacuated to the hospital with a possible broken leg.

Earlier Saturday, a knife-wielding Palestinian whose family claims was mentally disabled was shot dead after he attempted a stabbing attack in Jerusalem. The stabbing incident took place at Jerusalem's IDF Square (also known as Allenby Square), not far from Jerusalem's Old City, after police noticed him following a pair of Jewish worshippers.