Japanese tourist wounded in stone-throwing attack outside Jerusalem church

"At the time [of the attack] I was praying and I didn't understand what had hit me," says 69-year-old woman hurt in incident outside the Old City's St. Anne's Church.

March 7, 2016 18:49
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The Japanese tourist wounded in a stone-throwing attack outside St. Anne's Church in Jerusalem, March 7, 2016. (photo credit: HADASSAH SPOKESPERSON)

A 69-year-old tourist from Japan was lightly wounded on Monday by stone-throwers who pelted a group of visitors from a roof near Saint Anne's Church in Jerusalem, police said.

Paramedics transferred the wounded woman with light wounds to the head to the emergency room at Hadassah University Medical Center.

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"I'm a tourist in Israeli as part of a tour group of Japanese people who love Israel, I was very surprised by the stone-throwing attack," said the wounded woman. "At the time [of the attack] I was praying and I didn't understand what had hit me."

She added that she had not been seriously wounded.

"I am still happy that I came to Israel and I do not regret it, I will continue the tours and I soon join back with the group after my treatment at Hadassah," she stated.

Police have launched searches for the perpetrators of the incident that occurred outside the Roman Catholic church near Lion's Gate. The identity of the assailants was not initially known.

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