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Israeli man moderately wounded in suspected stab attack in Jerusalem Old City

May 2, 2016 10:46 P.M. (Updated: May 3, 2016 1:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- An Israeli man was stabbed and moderately wounded in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday evening, Israeli police reported.

Police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said that a 60-year-old Israeli man sustained minor to moderate injuries after being stabbed on al-Wad street in the Old City.

A spokesperson at the Shaare Zedek hospital told Ma'an that the Israeli man had sustained a wound in his back, and that he was awake and in stable condition.

Al-Samri said that a knife was found on the scene, and that police were looking for the suspected attacker.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces closed all entrances to the Old City following the attack, and were preventing residents from entering and exiting the area.

More than 200 Palestinians and almost 30 Israelis have been killed since the beginning of a wave of violence in October, characterized by a number of small-scale Palestinian attacks and alleged attacks against Israeli military targets.

The number of Palestinian and Israeli deaths saw a dramatic drop over the last two months, with the Israeli leadership suggesting its severe security measures are responsible for the emerging trend.

However, the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found in a poll last month that support for stabbing attacks had seen a decline in the West Bank in recent months -- "due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy."
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