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One Israeli injured in suspected stabbing attack in Jerusalem

Jan. 30, 2016 5:58 P.M. (Updated: April 19, 2016 3:33 P.M.)
Israeli police stand in front of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, October 5, 2015. (AFP/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A 17-year-old Israeli was injured near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday evening in a suspected stabbing attack, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri told Ma'an that two individuals stabbed the Israeli teenager in the back as he was leaving the Western Wall.

The two suspected attackers then fled the scene, al-Samri added.

The spokeswoman later noted that two Palestinian minors from East Jerusalem had been detained by Israeli forces on suspicions of being linked to the attack, but that Israeli forces were still searching the area.

A Ma’an reporter said Israeli police units were deployed at gates of the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem and in nearby streets, and were stopping and searching youths in the area.

Israeli emergency health services Magen David Adom confirmed that paramedics treated one injured person "in mild condition." Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the victim had been transferred to the Hadassah hospital.

Until last week, most Palestinians attacks in 2016 had been directed at Israeli military forces and settlers in the West Bank.

This was the first confirmed stabbing attack in Jerusalem since late December, when two Palestinian from Qalandiya were shot and killed after stabbing two Israelis near Jaffa Gate, one of whom succumbed to his injuries.

On Wednesday, an Israeli man was injured in a stabbing attack at a gas station outside the illegal settlement of Givat Zeev north of Jerusalem.

On Monday, a stabbing attack took place in the illegal Beit Horon settlement, also near Jerusalem, resulting in the death of a 24-year-old Israeli woman, as well as the injury of a middle-aged Israeli woman.

The perpetrators of the attack, a 17-year-old from Qalandiya refugee camp and a Palestinian in his 20s from the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta, were both shot dead on site by an Israeli security guard.

Since a wave of unrest began in occupied East Jerusalem in October and spread across the West Bank and Israel, more than 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers, and over 20 Israelis have died in attacks.

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