Palestinian stabbed to death by brother during east Jerusalem altercation

September 8, 2014 19:42

A family dispute ended in bloodshed Sunday morning when an unidentified Arab man stabbed his brother to death and injured his father on a street in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina.

The suspect, who is in his 20s, attacked his sibling and father, age 45, with the knife in what police are deeming a criminal incident, unrelated to the rioting that engulfed large swaths of east Jerusalem Sunday night and Monday.

After fleeing the scene of the attack, his brother was pronounced dead by Magen David Adom emergency responders, while his father sustained light wounds, and was transferred to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment.

“Police arrived at the scene within minutes and set up road blocks to search for the suspect, who was caught moments later,” said a police spokesman Monday.

Police did not comment on the nature of the argument.

The suspect, who also sustained wounds in the altercation, was treated at an area hospital before being transferred to Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court to be formally charged in his brother’s death, police said.

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