After two weeks of relative calm in Jerusalem, one stabbing attack and two attempted attacks took place in East Jerusalem and the Old City on Tuesday afternoon.
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Two Palestinian youths, a 12- and 13-year-old, stabbed a security guard on the Jerusalem Light Rail in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood of East Jerusalem. The victim was moderately wounded.
The security guard apparently managed to shoot one the assailants, and the other was apprehended by security forces.
Magen David Adom paramedics arrived on the scene at the light rail station on Aluf Yekutiel Adam Street and treated the 25-year-old guard. They transferred him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment with stab wounds to the upper body.
Meanwhile, another stabbing attack was reported in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. The assailant ran toward two security guards on HaNevi'im Street in the direction of the gate with a knife in his hand. The guards shot at the attacker before he managed to stab them, critically wounding him.
The assailant was transferred to Hadassah University Hospital on Mt. Scopus, and later succumbed to his wounds. A 50-year-old Palestinian passerby was lightly wounded in the hand by the shots.
A few hours later on Tuesday, initial police reports indicated that an assailant attempted to stab a Border Police officer in East Jerusalem at a checkpoint near Abu Dis. His attack was thwarted when police shot him onsite. He succumbed to his wounds within the hour.
Jerusalem has not seen any attacks since the start of November. Last Wednesday, Jerusalem Police removed four checkpoints set up three weeks earlier in East Jerusalem. The checkpoints were set up amid the recent wave of attacks, which started in October.
The last terror attack in Jerusalem took place next to the Jerusalem Light Rail station near Ammunition Hill. A Palestinian assailant stabbed an American citizen in the upper body and lightly wounded him. According to the police, three security guards shot dozens of bullets at the attacker, who was critically wounded and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital.