Woman, Border Policeman Wounded in Two Jerusalem Stabbing Attacks

In first incident in the Old City, assailant shot and killed; victim in second attack was a foreign worker.

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The scene of the stabbing in Jerusalem, November 29, 2015.
The scene of the stabbing in Jerusalem, November 29, 2015.Credit: Hatzalah

A Border Policeman and a 30-year-old woman were wounded in two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem on Sunday morning.

The who woman, who was stabbed in the back while waiting at a bus stop on Shmagar Street in Jerusalem, was named by Ynet as Hisorai Taplaya, 31, a foreign worker from Nepal.

In the first incident, a Border Police officer, in his 20s, was wounded at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The Palestinian assailant was shot and killed.

Israeli policemen detain a Palestinian suspect in a construction site near the area where he stabbed a woman in Jerusalem, November 29, 2015.Credit: Lior Mizrahi

A few hours later, Magen David Adom rescue services reported another stabbing attack near a bus in the city. The victim was moderately wounded and the assailant fled the scene. A suspected assailant was detained later.

The first attack occurred just before 8 A.M. near Damascus Gate. According to the Magen David Adom rescue services spokesman, the officer suffered light to moderate stab wounds to the upper body. He was evacuated to Hadassah University Hospital in Ein Karem.

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The assailant, a Palestinian resident from the West Bank in his late 30s, came out of Damascus Gate and encountered two Border Police officers. The police report stated that he shouted "Allahu Akbar" and stabbed one of the officers in the neck.

The assailant was shot and killed. Another knife was found on his person. The stabbing took place very close to the location where Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Bennett were killed in a stabbing attack on October 3.

The scene of the stabbing near Damascus Gate, November 29, 2015.Credit: Emil Salman

The second attack took place just after 10 A.M. on Shamgar Street, near a grocery store. Zev Sofer of United Hatzalah said that the woman, a foreigner living in Israel, was stabbed near a bus on the street. He said she then got on a bus and was given first aid.

According to Jerusalem police, the woman was walking on Shamgar Street when the Palestinian assailant came up behind her, stabbed her in the back and fled. She was transferred with light wounds to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Hisorai Taplaya told Ynet that she had "crossed the street and found a bus driver," after being stabbed in the back. "He helped me, put a towel on my wound and called an ambulance."

At first, she said, she didn’t understand that she had become the victim of a terror attack, "But I understood that it was a terror attack because I have been listening to the news lately." 

She expressed her thanks to the bus driver who helped her, saying, "I was scared recently because of what has been going on."

On Friday, seven Israeli soldiers were wounded in two separate car-ramming attacks in the West Bank.

Meanwhile on Friday afternoon, Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces clashed across the West Bank and near the Gaza border.

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