An Israeli woman has been stabbed in the back and injured by a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem this morning.
The incident took place on Wednesday morning at the entrance to the Shiekh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The 26-year-old victim, an Israeli Jew, was walking her children to school, including pushing a toddler in a pushchair, when she was stabbed in the back.
“Large numbers of police forces were called to the scene and launched wide searches for the suspect, using a police helicopter,” police said
The suspected attacker, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, is said to be from Sheikh Jarrah and a member of a well-known Palestinian family in the neighbourhood. The family is currently embroiled in a legal battle for ownership of the property they live in. The victim is also said to be a resident of the neighbourhood.
A witness of the attack was able to help the victim while a medical team made their way to the incident. The unnamed victim was then rushed to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital with the knife still lodged in her upper back.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said that the woman was lightly injured and was fully conscious.
“Luckily, they brought her in with the knife still in her back, as they should. She reached the trauma center and we checked her and stabilized her, and we were able to remove the knife,” Dr. Hagi Mazeh, the head of the hospital’s trauma center, told reporters.
Medics said the woman’s children were unharmed in the attack and remained with police officers at the scene.
“When we arrived we saw near the entrance to Sheikh Jarrah a woman with children who was on her way to drop them off at their schools when she was stabbed,” medics said. “She was ambulatory and fully conscious.”
“We are in a period in which we have seen a series of incidents like this in the Jerusalem area,” a police spokesperson told Army Radio shortly after the attack, referring to a spate of stabbing attacks in and around the Old City of Jerusalem in recent weeks.
Over the past three weeks, four Palestinian terrorist attacks have taken place in Jerusalem alone, including this latest attack. The others were a shooting in Jerusalem’s Old City that left an Israeli civilian dead, a stabbing attack near Damascus Gate, and another stabbing in the Old City.
According to the Times of Israel, with the exception of the Old City shooter — middle-aged Hamas activist Fadi Abu Shkhaydam — the perpetrators have been overwhelmingly young and fit the profile of “lone wolf” attackers.
These incidents are most likely the result of the incitement and hatred against Israel and the Jewish people that is sadly so prevalent within Palestinian society.
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