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Two elderly Israeli women injured in alleged stabbing attack in E. Jerusalem settlement

May 10, 2016 10:02 A.M. (Updated: May 10, 2016 5:30 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Two elderly Israeli women were reportedly stabbed in an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday morning, Israeli police said.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that five elderly Israelis were hiking in a park in the settlement of East Talpiyot on Tuesday morning when they were attacked by two masked individuals who fled the scene.

A spokeswoman for the Shaare Zedek Medical Center said that two women in their 80s were being treated in the trauma unit, with one suffering from wounds in the upper back. She added that both were in moderate but stable condition.

Two suspects were detained in the nearby Palestinian neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir in connection to the attacks, but subsequently released in the early evening, al-Samri said, adding that investigations by Israeli police were ongoing.

More than 200 Palestinians and almost 30 Israelis have been killed since October, although the number of Palestinian and Israeli deaths saw a dramatic drop over the last two months, with Israeli leadership suggesting its severe security measures were 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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