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Palestinian teen detained, Israeli injured in Jerusalem stabbing

March 11, 2016 2:17 P.M. (Updated: March 12, 2016 9:32 A.M.)
Israeli medical team gather at the site of a stabbing attack carried out on June 21, 2015, at the Damascus Gate outside the Old City of Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli, File)

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- A stab attack took place near the Hebron Gate of occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City Friday, leaving one Israeli injured and a Palestinian suspect detained, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said a 29-year-old Israeli was stabbed in the upper body near the gate -- also known as Jaffa Gate -- by a suspect who fled the area.

After searching the area, al-Samri said, police and border guards found a knife near the scene and later located a 19-year-old Palestinian suspect "hiding in an Old City alley." The teen was detained and taken for interrogation.

Al-Samri said the Palestinian was from the occupied West Bank town of Qabalan, near Nablus.

The Israeli was transferred to a hospital with light to moderate wounds.

The Old City has been the site of a number small-scale attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals that initially increased in October before spreading to the occupied West Bank.

Attacks taking place in Jerusalem have primarily targeted Israeli forces stationed near Damascus Gate, an entrance to the Muslim Quarter.

A 50-year-old Palestinian woman on Tuesday was shot dead by Israeli forces after she allegedly attempted to stab Israeli officers stationed on al-Wad Street inside the Old City.

She was the first of seven Palestinians to be shot dead during a 24-hour period after allegedly carrying out six attacks across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory that left one American tourist dead and at least 12 Israelis injured.

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