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Police detain Palestinian after Israeli soldier stabbed in Jerusalem

Dec. 27, 2015 10:18 A.M. (Updated: Dec. 27, 2015 5:55 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli police Sunday morning detained a Palestinian suspected of stabbing and injuring an Israeli soldier near the central bus station in Jerusalem, police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a Palestinian man in his 30’s stabbed an Israeli soldier, 21, on Yirmiyahu Street behind the central bus station.

The man -- identified as Saed Muhammad Qumbuz from al-Eizariya -- was held by a security guard on site until he was detained by police who arrived to the scene shortly after.

Israel emergency service Magen David Adom said that medics treated the soldier on site, who was in moderate condition and transferred to the Ein Karem branch of Hadassah hospital.

The suspected stabbing attack in Jerusalem took place blocks from where a Palestinian was shot dead Saturday after police say he attempted to stab an officer in Allenby Square, around a mile west of the Old City.

The family of the man, 26-year-old Musab al-Ghazali, later told Ma'an that he suffered from mental disabilities, denying that he would have carried out an attack.

Al-Ghazali was the first of two Palestinians to be shot dead on Saturday. Maher al-Jabi, 56, was killed later in the day after running his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers at the Huwwara military checkpoint in Nablus, injuring one.

Violence that escalated in October has continued full force through December, with 10 Palestinians and two Israelis killed in the last week alone.

Two Palestinians killed in the last week were shot dead during clashes with Israeli military forces, while the rest were killed by forces during attacks on Israeli military and civilians.

While some of the attacks resulted in Israeli injuries, witnesses and relatives disputed the circumstances of the deaths of two suspected attackers and said the Palestinians involved were not carrying out attacks at the time of their death.
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