Israeli man claims Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab him near Old City

Police say they have possession of the weapon and are scanning the area for possible suspects.

October 24, 2015 10:19
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Police and Border Police in Jerusalem's Old City (file)

Police and Border Police in Jerusalem's Old City (file). (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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An Israeli man claimed Saturday morning that a Palestinian terrorist attempted to stab him near The Garden Tomb of Jerusalem, outside the Old City, according to police.

While walking on Nablus Road, the Israeli man said he suddenly "heard a scream, turned around and saw the suspect with a knife in his hand who then attempted to wound him", according to a complaint filed with Jerusalem police. The man said he was able to wrestle the knife away from the perpetrator's hand, who then fled the scene.

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Police say they have possession of the weapon and are scanning the area for possible suspects.

A day earlier, police thwarted a terror attack in Jerusalem's Nof Zion neighborhood after receiving reports of a suspicious man eyeing Jewish houses in the area.

Border Police Officers arrived to the scene and started questioning the man, a 21-year-old resident of the city's Jebl Mukaber neighborhood and noticed that his right hand was hidden behind a fence.

They maintained their distance as the suspect showed the officers his right arm. His hand was in a fist, as if he was holding something.

Police asked the suspect to open his hand in order to see if he was holding a weapon, but he refused and requested for the officers to allow him to return to his home neighborhood.

Finally, one of the officers managed to  apprehend the suspect, grabbed his arm and found a knife hidden in the suspect's sleeve.

The suspect was arrested and will undergo a police investigation.

Only hours earlier, an IDF soldier was stabbed and lightly wounded by a Palestinian attacker during operational activity near the Gush Etzion security fence, on the road between Gush Etzion and Beit Shemesh.

Soldiers opened fire on the knife attacker, striking and wounding him in the lower half of his body. The terrorist was lightly wounded and taken to Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem.

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